Source:New Cloth Market
Chikankariis an art, which results in the transformation of the plainest cotton andorgandie into flowing yards of magic. The word 'Chikan' steps from
Textilesare decorated by various techniques; embroidering, brocading, printing,painting and dyeing, but among all of these techniques, the embroidering is theprotagonist. In India, there are many popular embroidery clusters like,'Chikankari of Lucknow', 'Kantha of Bengal', 'Fulkari of Punjab', 'KutchEmbroidery of Gujarat' & 'Kashida of Kashmir'. Each style of embroiderydifferentiates itself from the others, based on its own beauty &significant value. The 'Chikankari of Lucknow' is considered to be the mostpopular amongst these and is recognized worldwide1.
Originally Published in New Cloth Market, Jan-2011
About the authors
B.R.Das is associatedwith Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, NewDelhi & S.Hati is associated with Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar,Orissa.