Fabrics For Chikankari

One of the finest and the most artistic examples of Indian craftsmanship, Chikankari is an art form that showcases the intricacy of hand embroidery. The embroidery pattern is a highly elaborated work, usually done by a thick white cotton thread to embellish beautiful designs on the soft fabrics. Chikan work is generally done on lighter fabrics that are sheer for the shadow effect they give. This also highlights the embroidery. Cotton, pure georgette, rayon, and chanderi are among the few fabrics that can be used pertaining to their texture, making it easier for needles to pierce through.

Choosing the right fabric when manufacturing a new kurta is one of the most important steps we take. A wrong choice of material can have a significant impact on our final product.

Our blog is a quick cheat sheet on what you need to know about the fabrics that you wear. This is sure to help you pick the right material.


  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive

Cotton is derived from cotton plants. Its use as a fabric dates back to prehistoric times, and it is still the most common and widely used fabric today. 

Care: Soft, breathable and lightweight, cotton makes for an excellent choice for clothing. It’s suitable for everyday wear and can either be washed by hand or machine.

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Modal Cotton

  • Versatile
  • Smooth & Silky
  • Breathable 

Modal fabric is a bio-based fabric that is made from spinning beech tree cellulose. It looks soft and silky and drapes well. Modal is up to 50 percent more absorbent, so kurtas feel less sweaty and sticky. 

Care: This material requires very simple care, as it is fully washable. It also lasts a long time and does not deteriorate or pill easily.

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  • Widely used
  • Versatile
  • Flowy

Rayon fabric and its variants in viscose came to be in the quest for artificial silk. Similar to silk, rayon fabric is great for clothing because it is lightweight, flowy, and feels soft on skin.

Care: A lot of rayon fabrics have to be dry-cleaned. If you can wash it, use a gentle detergent and opt for hand-washing rather than using the washing machine. It’s best to use cold water.

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  • Airy Fabric
  • Soft
  • Breathable

Kota Doria is a handloom cotton fabric known for its unique weaving style, which results in a translucent and light fabric. Light, airy, and comfortable, Kota makes for the ideal summer choice.

Care: The best way to keep your Kota looking new always is to wash it in cold water with mild soap.

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  • Sheer Texture
  • Lustrous
  • Lightweight

Chanderi is a traditionally ethnic fabric that is characterised by its light weight and luxurious appearance. Owing to their rich texture, Chanderi Kurtas and Suit Sets are deemed perfect for summer wear as well as for ceremonial dressing such as a weddings or pujas. 

Care: It’s best advised to dry clean your Chanderi Kurtas. However, if you need to wash your Chanderi, use a mild detergent and rinse in cold water.

Product Featured: Qadira Chanderi Kurta - View Here

Pure Georgette

  • Easily Dyeable 
  • Sheer
  • Breathable

Georgette fabric, a member of the crêpe fabric family, is a translucent woven silk textile with a slightly puckered surface and a flowy drape.

Georgette fabric holds dye nicely making them a perfect choice for occasion wear.

Care: Georgette should be dry cleaned or washed by hand. Do not machine wash.

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  • Lightweight
  • Super Soft
  • Breathable 

Mulmul is a soft and fine weave of cotton. It is great for summers owing to its breathable and lightweight texture. Readily absorbs moisture, keeping one cool.

Care: Soak the fabric in lukewarm water mixed with mild liquid detergent for about 10 mins prior to wash. It’s best advised to go for hand wash.

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