Chikankari Craft - History
According to the historical records of the 17th century of East India Company, Dhaka produced the fine embroidery called ‘Chikan’. After that, the Chikankari craft was brought to Lucknow in the 18th century. It is said that Noorjahan, wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir introduced it in Lucknow. Chikankari is claimed to be one of its kind due to its kind of hand embroidery.
This artistic work of embroidery is done with untwisted yarn and also a little assistance of needle on a fine plain fabric. The material used is normally plain white, pink, maroon, shades of green and so the work of embroidery could be seen clearly on the material.Previously, Chikankari craft work was always done on muslin or mulmul, however, with changing times, the work started being done on different kinds of fabrics as well.
A Versatile Form of Embroidery
Chikankari craft is a very versatile form of embroidery that can undoubtedly change from a conventional look to a contemporary look and from an easygoing look to a dressy look. There are a lot of styles and assortments which are available like sarees to suits, Anarkali suits, tops, skirts, palazzo pants, accessories and so on. Pieces or products with Chikankari craft done can be used to give yourself a traditional look and a western look as well.
Some more info on Chikankari craft: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chikan_(embroidery)