Chikankari is a subtly done hand embroidery on a variety of fabric such as muslin, silk, chiffon, organza etc. Originally, white thread is embroidered on muted shades of light muslin and cotton garments. However with changing times, chikan embroidery is also done with coloured silk threads.
Bengal being the main cultivator of high grade cotton. It is said that the cotton spun is stark white since the River Brahmaputra and Ganga have bleaching properties which is why the artisans in Lucknow bought material from there and used it for embroidery. Muslin has almost sheer like texture making it difficult for Indian women to wear without an inner lining.
Since Muslin was used as an essential fabric on which Chikankari was traditionally made and cotton thread an important raw material, Bengal’s contribution has to be acknowledged.
At RZUstyle, we house Chikankari outfits in opaque and not so opaque designs. We also deal with appropriate inner lining so that you don’t have to worry about your favourite Chikankari being see-through. Drop into our site – http://www.rzustyle.com/ for more options.