Chikankari – Stitch through time – Part 1

 

So we know the origin of Chikankari – its roots, history and how it has been ruling the fashion industry from time immemorial. Lets delve deep into the world of Chikankari and know more on the various types of Chikankari stitches. Legend has it that Chikankari was invented in the harem of Shah Jahan by one of his Persian wife which is why it has been passed down from generations to the women karigars instead of men. Letstepchitake a look at the various stitches which make Chikankari what it is today –

Taipchi: This is the most known stitch. Taipchi signifies a long running stitch which makes the outline of design motif.

Bakhia: This is also known as shadow work and is of two types – ulti and sidhi which just means either straight or turned over stitches.

Murri is the form of stitch which is used to embroider the centre of the flower pattern in chikan work motifs. They are usually French knots that are rice-shaped and minute. This is the oldest and most sought-after form of chikankari but sadly the workers trained in this stitch are few in number decreasing by the day.

Phanda: This millet shaped stitches are used to make flowers and patterns like grape vines, creepers, plant motifs etc.

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(to be contd….)

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