Chikankari Embroidery - Origin, Process, Fabric used -

Chikankari Embroidery


What is Chikankari Embroidery?

They say “You can have anything you want, if you dress for it.” That’s true!
Indian women have always been on top of the list to attract people around them with their gracious designing styles. One such style, popularly known as CHIKANKARI, has contributed to serve the Indian Fashion Market for 400 years now. Chikankari embroidery can surely be defined as the art of adding grace yet simplicity to your fashion statement.

Chikankari embroidery, is basically a traditional style of embroidery done by hand. It is considered to be one of the finest and skilled work of art found in India. It is said that Chikankari was introduced in India by Noor Jahan, wife of Mughal emperor Jehangir.
After the end of their empire, this art scattered all over India but still has its heart in Lucknow, making it an official and exclusive hub for Chikankari Embroidery.

Chikankari cloth

Fabric used and the process of Chikankari Embroidery

It was initially done on fabrics like Muslin, also known as “Tanzeb” and Mulmul. But due to the changing fashion industry, it is also done on fabrics like silk, net, chiffon, crepes etc. Nowadays, threads of different colours are used for the hand embroidery unlike the traditional way where only white thread was used. It increases the richness of the cloth to the next level, hence, making it more attractive.

The process of Chikankari is the blend of hardwork, patience and neatness. First of all, a design is selected and is engraved on a block, then the block is dipped in a color and printed on the material. This makes us aware about the ancient skill of Block Printing. The embroidery is done by hand on the printed design. Mostly, it takes up to 10 days due to its need for perfection. The last stage is where the fabric has to go through the washing and the finishing stage.

Printing on fabric for embroidery
Embroidery being done on the printed fabric

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Written by: Tanvi Shaligram

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