The city of Lucknow in India is not only famous for Nawabs, but also for its exquisite embroidery work known as Chikankari – the work of traditional chikan embroidery on different clothes and different patterns. The local market of Old Lucknow has the most unique and finest work of chikankari.
Lucknow’s Chikankari embroidery is synonymous with the city’s heritage. This is a delicate and detailed shadow work embroidery technique used mostly by Lucknow’s experienced artisans and capable of producing a mystical impression on its own.
This pattern is known as ‘Jali embroidery’. In this, the front of a kurta is filled with heavy embroidery and at the back small patterns are stitched. This work can be seen on a wide range of kurtas for women in different colors and designs. It is super comfortable to wear, especially during summers!
As a whole, the sheer diversity of Lucknow Chikan products available today is unquestionably greater than ever before. The international market is currently seeing an increase in demand for this elegant and rich embroidered technique.
Government has recently decided to promote Lucknow as “a hub of chikankari” to create awareness in the international market by telling them the age-old history behind it.
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The artwork of chikankari is about 400 years old and is the attraction center for the tourists who visit Lucknow. It has undergone a paradigm change in terms of creativity and experimenting with various fabrics and stitches over the years. India is on the cutting edge of beautiful embroidery, which is distinctive to the country. It’s a bit of a bummer that this lovely craft is on the verge of extinction. The impact of changes on the local chikan sector will take time to emerge.
By buying this product, you’re not only contributing back to the Indian economy, but also helping Indian artists who toil day and night to nourish and feed their families.
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India has a special kind of connection with its artisans and the colorful culture found in the nook and corners of this land. Local art like basket weaving, temple paintings, terracotta vessels is just parts of our heritage hidden away.
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