About Ada Chikan

A little about Ada Chikan

Ada conceptualized the art of chikankari on a different, albeit traditional platform. Ada brought together the finest artisans who were otherwise getting drawn to other professions, to craft breathtaking chikankari designs on finest fabrics, which became a delightful appreciation for the cognoscente. To break the monotony of chikankari on a dress, a fusion of ‘Zardozi’, ‘Aari’, ‘Abla’ and 'Kaamdani' with 'Muqaish' is put together to enhance the beauty of the product.


Ada took their customer’s chikankari experience to newer heights by transforming its retail outlet to a sprawling showroom decorated in a real-time Lucknawi ambience, complementing their large collection of chikankari designer wear. Ada opened its windows to the world through an online store not only to diversify into myriad cultures but also to educate people about this art 'Chikankari' which is only manufactured in Lucknow and not replicated worldwide.


Ada’s aim as a company is to deliver this handicraft globally at Lucknawi prices at everyone’s doorstep while ensuring they get an opportunity to enjoy the complete experience of Lucknawi Chikankari.

Founder and Managing Director: Vinod Punjabi

A third generation entrepreneur, Vinod Punjabi is accredited to be a pioneer in reinventing “Classical Chikankari”. The Vice President of Lucknow Vyaapar Mandal and the General Secretary of Hazratganj Trader’s Association,a charter member of TIE and a Managing Committee Member of Hari Om Mandir., he has taken up a challenge and do something for the benefit of those not receiving due credit for their hard labour and talent.

His commitment to revive, sustain and empower the Chikankari Craft led him to bring together a team of 'kashidakars' (embroiderers) to actively practice certain stitches which were declining towards oblivion, ensuring application of the best and latest marketing techniques to map this craft globally, and in the process, empowering them to improve their standard of living.

He launched Ada as a retail outlet in the upmarket high-street Hazratganj, Lucknow in 2005 and an e-commerce website in 2007.


Our Prestigious Visitors

chikankari Mr. Bill Clinton - The Ex-US President’s visit to Lucknow was ushered by Ada’s exhibition of its masterpieces in Hotel Taj for the same. Mr. Clinton was startled at our remarkable collection and purchased a set of pieces for his adorable daughter, Chelsey and beautiful wife, Mrs.Hillary Clinton. chikankari Gulzar - Sampooran Singh Kalra’s visit to our showroom was accompanied by a playful exchange of poetry and Chikankari. In verity, the two are enmeshed. Ada materializes the romance of poetry in its Chikankari.
chikankari AlkaYagnik - The euphonious singer graced our showroom by her presence. Our Chikankari products awed her. Ada does that to you by providing a quality like nowhere else! chikankari Diana Hayden - The Femina Miss India(1997) disrupted our decisiveness. It was hard to ascertain whether the Chikankari adorned her sensuous self or her beautiful body brought out the best in our Chikankari works. We would like to assume the former!
chikankari Sri Devi - One of the most beautiful faces to have ever graced the Indian screen, Sridevi oozes oomph. However, she held the same opinion for our Chikankari handicrafts. chikankari Zakir Hussain - Tabla Maestro, ZakirHussain, is mostly found clad in the Indian outfit (particularly, Kurta). This time he went for the one replete in Chikankari works in the most Lakhnawi way, and where to find the best but in Ada!
chikankari Najma Heptullah - The former vice-president of the BJP, like always, went the Indian way, only the raiment was brimming with Chikankari this time. When it comes to authentic Chikankari, Ada vouches for it.    
Among other famous personalities on screen to have made it to our showroom are ManishaKoirala, Chunky Pandey,Rohit Roy,Vivian Desena,ShraddhaArya, Sambhavana Seth, and Krishna Abhishek.  Poetess KishwaeNaheed, Executive Editor NdtvAbhigyanPrakash, Singer MaliniAwasthi, and Chairman of AIAT, Maninder Singh Bitta are some other known personages to have privileged us by their presence in Ada.