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LUCKNOW CHIKAN CRAFT

LUCKNOW CHIKAN CRAFT

Lucknow Chikan Craft is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India. Literally translated, the word means embroidery. Believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, the wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir, it is one of Lucknow's best-known textile decoration styles. The market for local chikan is mainly in Lucknow. The technique of creation of a chikan work is known as Chikankari (चिकनकारी چکن کاری‬). Lucknow Chikan Craft is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net, etc. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. Nowadays chikan embroidery is also done with coloured and silk threads in colours to meet the fashion trends and keep Chikankari up-to-date. The Geographical Indication Registry accorded Lucknow Chikan the GI status in December 2008.

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