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    Chikankari – an exquisite form of embroidery on fabrics.

Chikankari refers to a special kind of embroidery that enhances the appeal of fabrics in which it is included. An art since Mughal times, Chikankari is mostly light handiwork on slightly dark fabrics that is practiced in Lucknow and surrounding areas. Today variants are also available to see in cities like Jaipur and Delhi.

The Chikankari journey

Lucknowi sarees have two notable features. They are mostly of cotton or its blends and chikankari is inevitably used as a major attraction. Chikankari or Chikan embroidery or Chikan work is an ethnic offering from Lucknow, India. It is extremely fine and intricate embroidery meant to significantly enhance the fabric which it adorns. Chikan work originated and developed in Lucknow as a traditional art with a sizeable population of skilled craftsmen engaged in it as a means of livelihood. It received its geographical Indication status in 2008.

Brief History about Chikankari

It is believed that Chikankari was first introduced in India through Nur Jehan, the Mughal emperor Jahangir’s wife. Used as a decorative adornment on fabrics, this handicraft flourished during the Mughal rule. White and pastel shaded fabrics had arty designs done on them. Chikankari was practiced on fabrics like muslin, silk etc. initially, with only white thread.

The process of Chikankari

As time went by, coloured threads were also introduced and done on other fabrics like chiffon, georgette and other art silks as well. The entire process begins with the use of one or more pattern blocks that are used to block-print a pattern on the ground fabric. The embroiderer stitches the pattern onto the fabric. The finished piece is carefully washed to remove all traces of the printed pattern. Chikankari observes the following steps Design Engraving Block printing Embroidery Washing & finishing The patterns and effects created depend on the types of stitches and the thicknesses of the threads used in the embroidery. Some of the varieties of stitches used include backstitch, chain stitch and hemstitch. The resulting outcomes are open work pattern, lace or shadow-work. The more complicated chikankari involves creating spaces within the design and then working around the spaces to create extraordinary patterns.

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