Lucknow Chikankari

Lucknow Chikankari
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Description of the goods

Traditional Chikankari was embroidered on Muslin cloth with a white thread. Gradually the work was started on other fabrics like Organdie, Mulmul, Tanzeeb, Cotton, and Silk. Presently all types of fabrics, namely Voil, Chiffon, Lenin, Rubia, Khadi Haldloom Cloth, Terry Cotton, Polyester, Georgette, Terry voil, etc. are used in Chikan Embroidery. The pattern is Block Printed on de-starched Chikankari Fabric using temporary dyes. Chikankari is something like unity in diversity i.e. it includes some simple and complex stitches giving it an effect, which is simple, gentle and elegant.

The most commonly used motif is that of a creeper. Particular floral motifs may garnish the entire garment or just one corner. Among the floral motifs embroidered, the most popular motif includes jasmine, rose, flowering stems, lotus, and the paisley. In the past few years, the beautiful and broad range of stitches and designs that were about to diminish, have been revived. Combined efforts by government and various private organizations have paid off and today the art of Chikankari is blooming, enriching both the domestic and export market.

The different products manufactured by artisans can be summarized as below.
Chikankari Suits, Dress, Cap, Kurta, Angarkha, Embroidered Sherwani, Unstitched Salwar, Stitched Suit, Sarees, etc.

The Geographical area of Production

Initially, the product was produced in the district of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. With the increase in the popularity of the product the artisans of the nearby districts are also started practicing craft making.

Proof of Origin

The capital city of Uttar Pradesh has a distinction of producing one of the best embroideries in the world. Chikankai is an art, which results in the transformation of the plainest cotton and organdie into flowing yards of magic. The word “Chikan” steps from a Persian word derived from the Chic, which referred to the “Jali” work done on marble or wood. The craft is also well-known as “shadow work” or “white embroidery work”, traditionally practiced in the city of Lucknow and its surroundings.

Chikan is a type of whitework, that is to say, white embroidery on white fabric, with predominantly floral designs executed on fine cotton with untwisted threads of white cotton, rayon or silk. The Chikankari embroidery has developed over centuries, reaching its peak in the late 19th Century in Lucknow. Authentic chikan has the unique property of being limited to a fixed repertoire of stitches, each of which is only ever used in a certain way. This repertoire consists of thirty-two stitches five of which are common to other forms of embroidery, five derivatives and seven stitches that in them form an embossed shape, usually a leaf or petal. These small individual petals help identify Chikan – In most embroidery areas of pulled thread work, balance the stitchery.

Its discipline gives Chikan a pleasing unity but allows for creativity in the choice of combinations of stitches, still within their role of infilling or outlining a design, or creating a shape. It is a discipline shared by no other type of embroidery in the world.

Another major characteristic of Chikan, not shared by other white work, is its great contrast in texture. The embroidery on one piece will range from fine pulled thread work executed with one thread to heavily embossed stitches. The best work combines the delicacy of one with the chunky quality of the other.

The uniqueness of the Lucknow Chikan Craft Iies in the following:

Unique Stitches:
About 40 different stitches are used for Lucknow Chikan embroidery. These embroideries are unique in its discipline that is each stitch is used for one purpose only.

From the middle of 16th to early 17th century, the weavers borrowed motifs from manuscripts and illustrations. In Qajar there was much use of a motif like a billowing comma known as Buteh-bush, which was probably introduced from India and in Britain acquired the name ‘Paisley’. Abu Fazal describes Akbar as a lover of Flora and fauna. These designs were adapted on the garments and these flower patterns are found in most of the embroidery.

The most popular motif in chikan embroidery, is one in by cross pollution and Western fashion taste was the one to be called Paisley. It was probably the most ubiquitous of all designs to come from India and was never out of date. From the 18th century it was woven into exquisite Kashmiri shawls and became the favorite design all over the world.

– Do not soak it in detergent for so long.
– Wash separately.
– Do not bleach.
– Apply small amount of starch to maintain the texture.
– Dry in Shade.
– Iron at low heat.

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