Chikan (Embroidery) Kari (work) was invented in Lucknow, India by Mughal empress Nur Jehan. This intricate embroidery is done solely by hand. Chikankari was highly popular during the Mughal era because of its versatility and unique decoration style. Being an indigenous creation, Lucknow was and is famous for its chikankari textiles. The word Chikan originates from Persian word ‘Chikeen’ which means needle work done on cloth.
Chikankari or Chikan embroidery is quite exquisite in nature, be its stitches or thread work or design process. This intricate embroidery is done entirely by hand and is very skin friendly. Chikan work is done on a variety of cloth ranging from cotton, silk, georgette, silk etc. Traditional embroidery is still being done on light pastel cotton or muslin cloths because the fabric is light in texture which allows the needle to pierce easily. Cotton, muslin, georgette and silk are few fabrics which are preferred for this elaborate embroidery. The process of chikankari is quite simple – the karigar (embroiderer) selects the fabric and prints a design using blocks. After creating the design, the threads are hand stitched on the same and then the fabric is given multiple washes to remove any print traces before use.
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