The Chikan Saree of Lucknow is perhaps one of the most popular embroidered
saree in India. It has a certain grace and elegance, which ensures that it
never goes out of style.
Chikan is a traditional embroidery style. It is a form of hand embroidery
with pattern, of predominantly different designs, stitched using untwisted
white cotton or silk (and now rayon) threads on the surface of the fabric.
It is said to have been originally introduced by Nur Jahan, the beautiful
wife of the Mughal emperor, Jahangir. It has since evolved and attained its
glory and perfection in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Chikan Sarees are perfect
for any kind of regular occasion. Chikan sarees are simple but give a classy
look to anyone who wears it.
Fabric in Chikan Saree
Colours of Chikan Sarees
Generally, the sarees are light earth
colours and pastel shades. Traditionally, the threads used are in the same
colour as the fabric. The self color embroidery looks rich on every age
group and color. Nowadays, you also have chikan sarees with contrast colours
in the body and the embroidery.
Designs of Indian Chikan Sarees
Patterns and effects created
depend on types of stitches used and the thickness of the threads used in
embroidery. The variety of stitches used are back-stitch, chain stitch and
hemstitch. The major type of Chikan work done today are Taipchi, Bakhia,
Phanda, Murri, Jali, Hatkati, Pechni, Ghas Patti, Chaana Pati etc. The
chikan embroidered sarees with their incredible embroidered patterns are
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