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Introduced by the Mughals, our love for the classic handwork and traditional embroidery of the chikankari exhibits same elegance and charm even now. Originated in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, the word ‘chikan’, literally translates to embroidery and chikankari is the unique technique of designing intricate patterns on a fabric. Be it Priyanka Chopra acing her roka look in a yellow chikankari anarkali or Sonam Kapoor gracefully carrying off her ivory and gold chikankari lehenga, girls love the simplicity and timelessness of this conventional craft. And now, designer duo, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla gave inspiration to every girl who adores chikankari and how to ace it in summer weddings! (Also Read: 7 Bollywood Divas Who Flaunted Their Wedding Jewellery With Utmost Grace Post Their Wedding)
Just like Nita Ambani, Isha Ambani Piramal, Shloka Mehta and Radhika Merchant too, make heads turn with their ‘oh-so-gorgeous’ fashion statements, be it traditional or western. Pick any outing of the Ambani ladies and we bet they would have impressed us with her sheer elegance and grace! And to go by their traditional outfits, looks like the Ambani ladies are mesmerised by the designer duo, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla collection.
Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla gave us a glimpse of Radhika Merchant, donning the ‘timeless beauty of chikankari’. Captioning her gorgeous photo, the designer duo wrote, “The timeless beauty of Chikankari! Radhika Merchant wears a mango georgette chikan embroidered ghagra, intricately enhanced with sequins and edged with deliciously contemporary chamki Chikan borders. A skin net blouse embroidered in trellis and tiny floral motifs completes the look. @radhikamerchant #abujanisandeepkhosla #clientdiaries #radhikamerchant #georgette #chikankari #ghagra #handembroidered #intricate #sequins #chamki #borders #netblouse #trellis #floral #motifs #fashion #classic #newstyles #designerduo #abujani #sandeepkhosla.”
To mark 33 years of AJSK, the famous designer duo, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla had hosted a fashion show in Mumbai on September 5, 2019, and needless to say, it was the three beauties, who had made heads turn with their sheer elegance and grace. We are talking about the women with fine taste, when it comes to fashion, Isha Ambani Piramal, Shloka Mehta and Radhika Merchant. Shloka and Radhika along with Isha’s cousin, Isheta Salgaocar had stunned in custom chikankari ensembles. The AJSK Instagram page had captioned their photo as “Chikan an Eternal Romance! Radhika Merchant, Isheta Salgaocar and Shloka Mehta Ambani are an absolute vision in custom chikankari ensembles by #abujanisandeepkhosla at #33YearsOfAJSK @radhikamerchant @ishetas #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashionpresentation #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #ambanigirls #glamorous #radhikamerchant #ishetasalgaocar #shlokamehtaambani.” (Also Read: Mukesh Ambani And Clan Officially Welcome Radhika Merchant In Their Family On Reliance Annual Day)
On August 21, 2019, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla had shared an unseen picture of Nita Ambani and Isha Ambani, in their royal avatars making heads turn in their ethnic best. The elaboration on their look could be read as “2007: Gota, a gift from Rajasthan! Gota is a woven metallic ribbon that is crafted with gold or silver wire thread and silk or cotton thread. It is made in Rajasthan and was formerly used mainly as borders and finishes and also as flowers and dots on many north Indian royal outfits. It has been a constant in Abu Sandeep's work over the years and they have kept reinventing its usage on fabric with much success. Here's Nita Ambani and Isha in Bali Gota for Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla's India Fantastique. Their ensembles have multiple borders on the ghagra and dupatta featuring beautiful floral bael motifs. Nita’s ghagra is finished with a peacock Zardozi border, while Isha’s ensemble displays the radiance of a real gold Kuran lace border. An avid aficionado of their work, Nita says - "For me, Abu and Sandeep are the epitome of Indian couture, perfecting the art of beautiful dressmaking and intricate designing. My family and I have been fortunate to have the honour to wear their designs and to share a close bond with the duo." #33YearsOfAJSK.”
Isha Ambani had tied the knot with Anand Piramal on December 12, 2018, and needless to say, their union had set the bar high for celebrity weddings. Post the wedding, Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla had taken to their official Instagram handle and had revealed intricate details about Isha’s wedding ghagra and Nita ji’s ghagra for her daughter’s wedding. Posting an unseen picture of the mother-daughter duo, they had detailed the mother of the bride’s outfit, “AN ETERNAL ROMANCE. Nita Ambani wears a light beige georgette ghagra hand embroidered in the finest chikankari, mukaish and marodi work highlighted with crystals, tamba sequins and edged with fuchsia pink borders. A gold blouse is hand embroidered in the most intricate zardozi with crystals and a shoulder dupatta to match. A pink tulle head dupatta in sequins jaali with borders complete the ensemble.” (Also Read: Radhika Merchant Repeats Her Lehenga From Akash-Shloka's Wedding For Another Pre-Wedding Bash)
Isn’t Radhika’s chikankari outfit a perfect pick for bridesmaids or sister-of-the bride?