What Colours are used in Chikankari?
Chikankari: The Art Behind The Traditional Lucknowi Embroidery
|KNOW YOUR CRAFT: CHIKANKARI|
|Type of fabric||Originally on muslin, now on cotton, organza and silk|
|Colours||Initially a white-on-white embroidery, now available in a variety of colours|
|Motifs||Floral patterns, stems, butis and leaves|
Why is Chikankari so expensive?
It’s labour intensive and therefore expensive. Many shops these days have started fixing ready-made nets in the fabric in place of a handmade Jaali. It brings down the price and might appeal to some buyers but it’s not authentic Chikan.
How old is Chikankari?
Chikankari dates back two centuries. The word chikan is thought to be derived from a Persian word; one theory is that the form travelled to India when its artisans migrated from Persia in search of better patronage.