Chikankari – The origin

Did you know that Chikankari was invented in India?

There are few urban legends woven around this art but the most popular theory is that Chikankari was invented by Mughal queen Nur Jehan. She along with her husband Emperor Jahangir propagated this exquisite art by training workmen (karigars). Post the Mughal era, these artisans settled in various kingdoms and spread the art far and wide. Central India always bore harsh climatic conditions, hence the embroidery done on plain skin friendly muslin cloth were most sought after. Lucknow has always been the hub of Chikankari embroidery till date.

History has always been an inspiration for design; same holds good for Chikankari as well. Traditionally flowers and motifs is used but now designers incorporate modern elements as well. Chikan work has 36 types of stitches namely Tepchi, Bakhiya, Hool, Murri etc.

The karigars (artisans) practice 3-4 stitches only; hence there are only a few left. Chikankari was and is always a favorite for summers and no girl’s wardrobe is complete without a Chikankari dress. Chikankari work has gained international fame over the last decade and International designers are incorporating this beautiful art into their work.

RZUstyle from the house of Binaca Creations has been a connoisseur of Chikankari work for the last two decades. They specialize in exclusive couture hand embroidery. RZU is committed to revival of this traditional Indian craft and its artisans. – Do check out our collection at


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