Chikankari maxi dress in celestial blue
*PLEASE READ - based on customer feedback we have adjusted the fit of this style for 2022 - if you have bought this dress before please check the size guide and remeasure yourself to find your new fit*
This sumptuously soft double-layered maxi dress has been one of our bestsellers consistently for 3 years and have brought back one of our bestselling colours celestial blue with a slight improvement to the fit to make it slimmer on the bodice. Hand-embroidered by a women's co-operative outside Lucknow, using the traditional Chikankari style - no two dresses are the same.
Coined the 'cloud dress' - it is the perfect day dress to wear with a denim jacket and trainers, or sandals and bright accessories on holiday - she is truly a timeless wardrobe classic you will wear year after year.
- New fit for 2022 - please check your measurements
- Hand embroidered by artisans in Lucknow using a traditional chikankari technique
- 3/4 sleeves
- Laced neckline with functional ties
- Side-seam pockets
- Double layered so non-see through
- Super-soft 100% cotton
- Wash at 30 degrees
PLEASE NOTE: While all our pieces are pre-washed to avoid colour transfer the nature of the eco dyes we use may mean some transfer does occur. Please be aware when wearing with light-coloured clothing.
Please find the product measurements in the size chart above - if you are unsure about fit or sizing please get in touch
Just as we create consciously and with sustainability in mind, so we encourage our customers to shop with us in a mindful way. Below are details of our global shipping methods and returns policy. All our items are handmade in limited quantities and we want each purchase to be loved and cherished in your wardrobe or home for years to come. To reduce the carbon-footprint of returns, if you do have any questions at all around fit or you need more info to inform your purchase, please email email@example.com before placing your order to ensure you are delighted with your purchase...
UK - free over £100
Standard shipping - £3.95
Next Day Delivery (if placed before 1pm) - £4.95
Europe - from £14.95 (larger items e.g. quilts £40);
PLEASE NOTE: Deliveries are tracked and signed for but due delays with Customs, orders could take up to 10 days to be delivered. Please also be aware that any Customs Taxes and Duties are payable by the customer at point of receipt. We have extended our returns policy to 28-days for European orders, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat to Milly before ordering if you are at all unsure on sizing/fit.
Australia - from £15
Canada - from £12
Hong Kong - from £15
Singapore - from £15
USA - from £10
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Unfortunately any items returned that have been worn, soiled or are outside this 28-day period cannot be refunded.
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return your goods for whatever reason, provided we get them back within 28-days of the date of shipment and they are in perfect, original saleable condition with the original tags/packaging intact.
If you'd like to return any item use our returns portal here - you will be guided through the steps of requesting return and then notified with your shipping instructions once your return has been approved. Once we recieve your item back and it has been checked you will be notified and a refund will be processed to the original payment method within 7 working days.
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Please remember that even if you decide you would like to return the item we would appreciate your care and attention in carefully folding the item and putting it back into the bag provided.
All items returned to us are at your own risk, so we recommend using a recorded postal service.
The beauty of Dilli Grey is in the story, the process and the people as much as the end product, something we are passionate about sharing, transparently through our journal.
Our products are made from carefully sourced, natural fabrics such as organic cotton and linen; skillfully designed and made in small runs. We pride ourselves on considering all the angles, from fit to fabric, to those special touches that elevate a piece to something worth treasuring.
Here you can learn all about the different artisan skills we use to create our Dilli Grey designs and the incredible work that goes into honouring each heritage craft:
Our signature hand-block printing is done by artisans outside Jaipur. The blocks are carved from wood by hand, then printed using eco inks, by eye - no machinery is used. It is a technique that has changed very little over the centuries and takes years to master. The fabric is then dried in the Rajasthani sunshine before being sent to our tailors to create our beautiful boho dresses.
HAND SCREEN PRINTING
Our hand-screen printing is done by artisans outside Jaipur. Using a traditional frame method the 100% organic cotton is printed using eco inks. The fabric is then dried in the Rajasthani sunshine before being sent to our tailors to be turned into our handmade dresses.
Our Lucknow Collection is hand-embroidered using the centuries old technique of ‘Chikankari’- a style of embroidery traditional to Lucknow – each and every piece is unique, like a snowflake – and created for us by a women’s co-operative based outside the city.
We work with trusted antiques dealers who specialise in sourced vintage textiles on our behalf throughout India. These textiles would otherwise be lost, or not in use but by reimagining them into modern womenswear we are able to give them another life and reduce the new raw materials that we are drawing on to create our collections.
Tariq, our hand-block carver is the son of an award-winning carver and has learnt his trade from the best. Our intricate candle holders are all designed and carved by Tariq in his family business in Uttar Pradesh.
Soultree is the first Indian brand to offer European certified-natural personal care and beauty products. All their products use authentic Ayurvedic recipes the botanicals used are either organic or harvested without chemical contamination from wild forests. They collect ingredients through NGOs who work with local farmers and communities. Ethical harvesting practices are used to encourage forest regeneration, and to prevent exploitation. They are the only brand in India formally certified, annually, by the reputed European Certification Agency BDIH of Germany as a natural, organic cosmetics corporation. They are 100% vegetarian and not tested on animals.
Our 100% cotton fabric is hand-block printed by a team just outside Jaipur. The wooden block design is carved by hand, taking up to a month to complete, then the colour is added and printed by hand, often layering up to 4 colours to one design. The printing house employs unskilled young men, provides them with accommodation and training to become skilled craftsmen in this heritage Rajasthani textile design. They are then lovingly filled with natural cotton filler and hand quilted by a co-operative of ladies outside Jaipur. A labour of love that we hope shines through in these very special, heirloom quilts.
We work directly with an artisan weaver in Srinagar, within the Kashmir Valley where cashmere production began in the 13th century. A family run business since 1965, yarn from the rare Changthangi breed of cashmere goat (which makes up less than 0.1% of the world's global cashmere production) is hand-loomed using a traditional technique on a small, sustainable scale rather than mass-machine knitted.