Chikan Apparel, Chikan saree, Chikan suits, Chikan Anarkali

Saturday, October 19, 2019

                                                 Chikankari - A labor of love 

Indian textiles have a long and wide history. It has reached far and wide in the world, greatly admired for its expressions of beauty, culture, tradition, techniques, and aesthetics. Walking through the by lanes of  Lucknow - City of Nawabs. The whole city resonates it ancient, preserved art, architecture, and the richness of Chikankari. Chikankari , the word takes us back to the Mughal era. Greatly admired by Noor Jahan, nurtured and imbibed in the Indian culture this magnificent handicraft still captures and continues to be in vogue.

Lucknow - City of Nawabs

Chikankari developed its splendor and precision in Lucknow. As the fable suggests it was introduced by Noor Jahan, famous Mughal emperor wife Jahangir. Chikan means intricate or fine embroidery. Chikankari flourished under the Mughals and Nawabs but experienced a downtrend during the British trend. It picked up under the Industrial era. Now it has become a household name in all parts of India, so much it has become a must in every women's wardrobe. The variety it offers from simple Kurtis to intricate Anarkali fascinates women in all age groups. 
Chikankari work was initially developed on a white yarn known as Tanzeb. 
Nowadays, with changing trends it's done on various fabrics like chiffon, pure georgette, silk, voil , cotton as per the growing demands of the consumers. In Chikankari there is a pre-determined catalog of stitch ups and is customary for different types of stitching to emerge on the same piece of embroidery. The diverse types of chikankari stitches are taipachi, bakhia, murri, haath Katti, jaali, ghaas Patti, pechni, channa Patti etc.

The Chikankari embroidery has evolved through times and still remains delicate and graceful
Jaalis are more exotic and unique. The craftsmen for Jaalis, are becoming rarer as these require extremely intricate work. Examples are Makri ( spider-like ) and Taj Mahal Jaali work. 

The royalty of Chikankari reflects the sheer hard work to develop the perfection, finesse in the stitches which takes approximately one to two months for a single attire for completion. The price for these hand embroidered items justifies the sheer hard work of the trained artisans in comparison to the machine work.  Chikankari industry is solely based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

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