The art and skill of hand embroidery or “Chikan” is known as “Chikankari”. It is a traditional style of embroidery from the traditional city of Lucknow, in North India. This form of embroidery is said to have been introduced by Nur Jahan, Mughal emperor Jahangir’s wife.
Indians love their stuff made in Chikankari. I too love this beautiful and skilful form of art and craft which is well known both in India and internationally. Initially, it all began with a white on white work, i.e., white thread embroidery on white cotton fabrics but today it is available in numerous colors and fabrics. Generally these days, it is seen on cotton, silk, voile, cambric, georgette and chiffon. It consists of 36 different stitches in which the major ones are called “Bakhiya”, “Fanda”, “Murri”, “Bijli”, “Pechni”, “Ghans patti”, “Ulti Jali”, so on and so forth.
Check out some pictures below that illustrate this beautiful hand embroidery of India in various patterns, colors and designs. I am sure you will fall in love with this marvellous style of hand embroidery.
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