The most common motif used in Chikan embroidery of Lucknow is that of flowers and paisley, these motifs depict the stories of nature. Mughal designs and architecture were hugely inspired by Persian themes that’s why we can witness huge fondness for natural objects like flowers, paisley, grass and creepers.
What is special about Chikankari embroidery?
The technique of creation of a chikan work is known as chikankari (चिकनकारी چکن کاری). Chikan is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabrics like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net, etc. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments.
Which thread is used in Chikankari?
Cotton thread is traditionally used to create the design patterns over the cloth. Golden zari, silver zari, wool are the types of threads also used to do the Chikankari embroidery.
How is Chikankari done?
The technique of creation of a chikan work is artfully done with cotton threads on Pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. With increasing popularity, the embroidery is also done with coloured and silk threads in colours to meet the fashion trends and keep chinkari up-to-date.
Why is chikankari expensive?
It’s labour intensive and therefore expensive. Many shops these days have started fixing ready-made nets in the fabric in place of a handmade Jaali. It brings down the price and might appeal to some buyers but it’s not authentic Chikan.
How many types of Chikankari are there?
There are 32 stitches of chikankari, which are broadly classified into Raised stitch, Embossed and Flat stitch and Open Trellis.
Can Chikankari be done by machine?
Makers in Lucknow keep developing creations since they have realized this is transient innovation and before long will be presented to clients as modest and phony Chikankari kurtis and chikan work suits done through machine weaving. The primary contrast between Hand and Machine Embroidery is the sewing cycle.
Why is Chikankari called so?
Lucknow- the state capital of Uttar Pradesh is world renowned for its traditional Chikankari Embroidery. Chikankari is the embroidery work done with the white cotton thread on fine white cotton material. Chikankari is also called as shadow work. The word ‘Chikan’ is basically derived from Persian word ‘Chikeen’.
Why is chikankari famous?
It is a place with diverse art and culture that have influenced its identity over centuries. It offers exquisite Nawabi cuisine, the most graceful dance form that is Kathak is believed to have originated here and it’s the hub for a craft that has become world famous for its intricacy and beauty and that is chikankari.
How can I learn chikankari embroidery?
Chikankari Embroidery – tutorial
- Herringbone stitchto do the shadow work.This is done on the wrong side of the fabric to form running stitches on the front of the fabric as an outline.(Bakhia)
- Double back stitch – Back stitches are done on the front face of the fabric and gives herringbone stitches on the back.
What is the first step in making of chikankari?
The first stage of producing chikankari cloth is block printing.