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Chikan handicraft on the ramp in France
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Jan '10
Mia Dastkaar Zariwale Pvt. Ltd & Kalatmak Handicrafts SHG foundation Lucknow India presented their summer 2010 collection. At the European fair trade fair in Lyon France from 2nd to 4th October 2009.

Theme of the show was “NATURE SIMPLICITY & FAIR TRADE” Promoting the International year of natural fibers 2009 only organic cotton was used in the collection.

Chikankari is a heritage needle handicraft from Lucknow India now a geographical indication of the region practiced by nearly 100,000 women artisans. Chikan, an exquisite embroidery art form which was shaped & polished under the patronage of the Kings & Nawabs of Avadh (Lucknow) nearly four centuries ago. The fine needle work adorned the garments made from gossamer silk fabrics & muslin for the ruling elite. The love & labour of the artisans created delicate designs on fabrics taking inspiration form the intricate patters of marble jaali and inlay work of the Mughal architecture & developed this indigenous form of artistic embroidery Chikan. The tradition of Chikan has come down families who served the ruling elite & the devotion & commitment of the artisans over the years have created delicate designs unmatched in beauty.

With globalization & demand, Chikan embroidery has gone through a revolutionary change & now the embroidery is done on a variety of fabrics such as cotton, silk, chiffon, crepe, georgette,organdie, linin, teri-rubia, teri-voil, teri-cot, semi silk, polyester etc. Untwisted threads of cotton, rayon or silk of all colors are new being used for embroidery. There are five basic stitches in chikan which go a to make 32 derivation stitches & an artisan specializes in a specific one.

A garment passes through more then one hand before it is finished as each women works in her specialized stitch or style into the fabric. The intricacy of stitches can take months to finish a heavily embroidered garment & these unusual & complicated stitches enhance the allure of the garment. With more & more designers fusing the hand embroidered component into their collections chikan craft is getting its rightful place it deserves in Apparel products such as shirts, tops, skirts, scarfs, dresses etc & Home Furnishings such as bed spreads, dinning sheets, table cloth, cushion covers, curtains etc.

Mia Dastkaar Zariwale Pvt. Ltd

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