Chikan Embroidery of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Chikan Embroidery of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, in Uttar Pradesh, was and still is the centre of Chikan embroidery, renowned for its gossamer delicacy and timeless grace, a skill more than 200 years old - exploited, commercialised but not dead; in fact wonderfully alive and struggling to regain some of its former beauty and elegance.

Chikan embroidery is done on fine cotton fabric, the design of which is printed with wooden blocks in fugitive colours, which are commonly made by mixing a glue and indigo with water. The garments are first stitched and then embroidered, whereas skirts, saris, and table linen are first embroidered and then finished.

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