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Chikankari Embroidery in Sevya’s Fair Trade Apparel

Our new collection of tunics, tops & kaftans are hand-embroidered by women artisans in Northern India using the traditional Chikankari embroidery techniques. Each garment is a work of art, and showcases the fine hand embroidery skills that have been passed down by women from generation to generation. 

Sevya works with women artisans in Uttar Pradesh, India to embroider our Fair Trade certified women’s clothing & accessories.


Chikankari is a form of hand embroidery that has been passed down through generations. The process begins with planning the design, sketching or block printing the design onto the cotton fabric, and then hand stitching the intricate patterns using a variety of intricate stitching styles. The embroidery motif is first block-printed on the fabric using an indigo dye which outlines the design, and the artisans thread yarn stitch-by-stitch though each section to create the exquisite embroidery pattern.  

These techniques take longer to produce with the overall process sometimes lasting 3 months to make a new collection of clothing available. We believe it is important to preserve the cultural heritage of artisans in India and that the wait is well worth it! The end result is a stunning wearable work of art that celebrates the crafts-womanship and creativity of these artisan groups. 


You will not find hand embroidered clothing in fast fashion outlets, and we offer affordable fair trade fashion that pays a living, fair trade wage to the women artisans, so the maker and the wearer can both take pride in each garment. It is especially important to us to work with women artisans, who are still widely underemployed around the world. Your purchases of fair trade clothing support their financial autonomy and status in their communities.

Chikankari Hand Embroidery in our Spring 2020 Collection

Our new collection of Chikankari embroidered apparel includes white tunics and kaftans, as well as colorful tops and even kimonos! All of these garments are made with the finest materials and are a fusion of classic Indian motifs with contemporary prints, cuts and styles. Each piece is designed and tailored to flatter women of many shapes and sizes. Fair Trade Fashion for all women!