Here is an excerpt from Revolution 2020
Aarthi wore a mauve chikan salwar-kameez. Her father had bought for her from Lucknow.
What is the meaning of the word chikan? I can't find this word in my dictionary.
An interesting etymological and historical account of the term chikan and related embroidery work can be seen on page 4 here:
Embroidering Lives: Women's Work and Skill in the Lucknow Embroidery Industry
By Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber
SUNY Press-Albany 1999
[EDIT-1] More readily accessible resources online:
Chikan (embroidery) (Wikipedia)
Chikan (Hindi: चिकन, Urdu: چکن) is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India. Literally translated, the word means embroidery. Believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, Mughal emperor Jahangir's wife, it is one of Lucknow's most famous textile decoration styles.
chikan /ˈtʃɪk(ə)n/ [mass noun] (OxfordDictionaries)
(in South Asia) a type of hand embroidery using cutwork and shadow work. Origin: from Urdu, from Persian čikan
Chikan Embroidery (Arch Acad of Des)
It's a kind of design or embroidery done on women's clothing.