14 April 2010
Chikankari work.......at once simple & beautiful!!!!!
Chikankari work is a fine & intricate kind of mesh embroidery that originated & is traditionally done even now in Lucknow, thus also being known as 'Lucknowi work'. Its origins are unclear but it is believed to be introduced by Nur Jehan, Mughal emperor Jahangir's wife who was inspired by Turkish embroidery.
The making of the fabric usually involves block-printing a pattern on large pieces of fabric after which the embroiderer then stitches onto this pattern. The finished piece is then carefully washed to remove all traces of the printed pattern & the cloth material is ready to be used. Although this process might seem pretty simple, it is actually quite time consuming & inorder to make each piece different, the embroiderer usually makes use of different threads of varying thickness with different stitches ultimately resulting in a fabric that gives a very lacy effect (jali), which is the most striking feature of the work The patterns used are flowing & includes tiny floral motifs & other designs covering just a part of the fabric or all of it.
Posted by Charmaine D'souza