Chikankari-embroidered maxi dress in black
This sumptuously soft double-layered maxi dress has been one of our bestsellers for 3 years and this season we have added a brand-new soft black colourway.
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. Double-layered with the softest cotton voile and hand-embroidered by a women's co-operative outside Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh using the traditional chikankari style, each dress is made by one woman and is completely unique.
- This is a loose, voluminous fit so we suggest taking your true size, or one down if you want a more fitted style.
- Helene is a UK size 10/12, 5ft 10 and wearing a size SM.
- Hand embroidered by female 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 - £4.95
Next Day Delivery (if placed before 1pm) - £6.95
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
Other regions available, we will ship anywhere in the world, get in touch for a quote - email@example.com
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 simply download our returns slip and include it with your item when returning - DOWNLOAD HERE
If you are unable to print this slip just include the following details on a piece of paper with your returning item: your name, order number, the product you wish to return and the reason for that return.
To enable us to accept your return, we need all the information above to find your order and refund it. Without these details we will not be able to process your return for you.
Next, simply post your goods back to us in an unworn condition, with all original packaging and tags within 28 days of the date on your shipping confirmation email.
Unfortunately any items returned that have been worn, soiled or are outside this 28-day period cannot be refunded.
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.
CHRISTMAS GIFTING EXCHANGES:
We are offering an extended 45-day exchange period to account for Christmas gifting. After our initial 28-day returns period, exchanges will be accepted for a further 17 days to account for the Christmas period. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a gift exchange.
Returns Address :
Dilli Grey, 23 Barnes High Street, Barnes, London, SW13 9LW
Our Customer Services team will process your return and if it meets the guidelines above they will process your refund and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment.
**Please note we are a small team of (lovely!), real people. Ensuring our customers are delighted with their experience with us is paramount to what we do and trust that we are doing our upmost to meet your expectations. Please allow us a week from receipt of parcel before the refund is completed, this allows us time to receive your item back, check it, re-process it back into our inventory and carry out the admin involved in refunding you. If you are concerned at all about your refund, please email Milly who will be more than happy to chat with your about its status - email@example.com**
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.