The Art of Chikankari

The Art of Chikankari

The technique of chikan embroidery is known as chikankari. Chikankari is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabrics. It is one of Lucknow's best known textile decoration styles.

The origin of Chikankari is initiated by the influence of intricate carving patterns of Mughal architecture during their period.There are three stages involved in making chikankari namely block printing, embroidery work and washing.

Types of fabrics like cotton, silk,muslin,chiffon,mulmul, georgette, wool, viscose, organza are used to do the embroidery work. Cotton thread is traditionally used to create the design patterns over the cloth. Golden zari, silver zari, wool are some examples of the types of threads also used to do the Chikankari embroidery.

The embroidery in genuine Chikankari is characterized by fine, evenly-spaced stitches. Counterfeit versions may exhibit uneven or rushed threadwork, lacking the finesse of skilled artisans.The cheap replica of Chikankari is currently being made with the help of machines.

Chikankari is an ancient from of white floral embroidery, intricately worked with needle and raw thread. For centuries, this fine white tracery on transparent white fabric has delighted the heart of kings and commoners alike.

 Lucknow Chikankari Manufacturing Process - Shaan-e-Awadh Chikankari

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