The fame of Lucknow-Chikankari


A well known textile decoration style of ‘city of nawabs’, chikankari also known as shadow work. Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh is extremely popular for chikankari and lucknavi zardozi. It is
one of Lucknow’s most ancient and well known art forms, believed to be introduced by the Mughals. Lucknow is the heart of the chikankari industry today and the variety is also known as Lucknawi chikan.
Chikankari is a stylish and delicate Indian embroidery artfully done with white thread embroidered on a variety of textile fabrics like cotton, chiffon, silk , muslin, net, etc. There is a huge demand of these
handcrafted embroideries, not only in India but as well as in overseas markets. With increasing popularity, the embroidery is also done with colored silk threads to meet the fashion trends and keep chikankari up-to-date.

Chikankari embroidery, is basically a traditional style of embroidery done by hand, considered to be one of the finest and skilled work of art found in India

Cotton Kurta

Cushion

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Wall Hanging

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Lamp Shade

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Process
Initially the design to be worked is printed on the plain fabric through blocks that are used to block- print and then dipped in the color solution.
After that the embroidery is done over the printed design using needle and thread. The simple and precise handwork on the garment, gives it a very subtle and classy feel. The type of stitching used depends on
the specialty of the region and the type and size of the motifs. Some of the most popular stitches in Lucknow chikankari include the backstitch, chain stitch and hemstitch.
The finished garment is washed to remove all the traces of ink and starched to obtain the right stiffness.

Moreover, Chikankari has been practiced in Lucknow for almost more than two hundred years. Being so ancient, still this fabric never gets out of style. Seasons change but people’s love for chikankari has remained the same over all these years.
These work can be found on a wide range & variety of garments for men and women. You can buy anything from a long kurta, to beautiful varieties in saree, anarkali, palazzos and even a range of accessories, and some home decor items like lampshades, cushion and table covers and bed throws. With newer additions and variations, the love for Chikankari it is never going to fade!