Chikankari, a traditional Indian embroidery style, is a treasure trove of delicate artistry and timeless elegance. Originating in the heart of India, in the city of Lucknow, Chikankari is a craft that has woven its way through centuries, adorning fabrics with intricate hand-embroidered motifs and patterns.
A Legacy of Craftsmanship: Chikankari has a storied history that spans over 400 years. It is said to have been introduced by Nur Jahan, the wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, who was captivated by the intricate Persian embroidery she saw during her travels. This art form found its home in the Awadh region, where it was nurtured and refined over generations.
The Artistic Process: Chikankari is characterized by its delicate white-on-white embroidery, although it can also be found in a variety of colors today. The creation of Chikankari involves several meticulous steps:
Design Transfer: The design is first transferred onto the fabric, often sheer cotton or muslin, using washable ink or pencil. This serves as a guide for the embroiderer.
Embroidery: Artisans then use a variety of stitches, each with its own name and purpose, to create the intricate patterns. Some common stitches include 'taipchi' (chain stitch), 'keel' (stem stitch), and 'phanda' (tiny knots). The skill lies in achieving uniformity and precision in the stitches.
Washing and Starching: After the embroidery is complete, the fabric undergoes a washing and starching process to remove any trace of the design and to give the fabric its crisp, finished look.
Final Touches: The fabric is then ironed, folded, and prepared for its journey from the artisan's hands to your wardrobe.
Chikankari Today: Chikankari has transcended its traditional boundaries and has found its place in contemporary fashion and haute couture. Its timeless beauty and classic appeal have charmed fashion designers and enthusiasts around the world.
Preserving Tradition: At GRISHYA, we are committed to preserving the tradition of Chikankari. Our collection showcases the painstaking artistry of Chikankari, from beautifully embroidered sarees to elegant kurta sets. Each piece is a testament to the skill and dedication of our artisans.
Discover Chikankari with Us: We invite you to explore our Chikankari collection and immerse yourself in the world of delicate embroidery and timeless elegance. When you choose Chikankari, you're not just choosing a piece of clothing; you're embracing a tradition that has been cherished for centuries, celebrating the art of handcrafted beauty that never goes out of style.