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CHIKANKARI (EMBROIDERY)

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  • Chikan is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India. Literally translated, the word means embroidery, and it is one of Lucknow’s best known textile decoration styles
  • There are references to embroidery similar to chikan work in India as early as 3rd century BC by Megasthenes, who mentioned the use of flowered muslins by Indians.
  • But these embroidered patterns lack any colour, ornamentation or anything spectacular to embellish it.
  • According to Laila Tyabji, chikankari stems from the white-on-white embroidery of Shiraz and came to India as part of culture of Persian nobles at the Mughal court.
  • There is also a tale that mentions how a traveler taught chikan to a peasant in return of water to drink.
  • The most popular origin story credits Noor Jahan, Mughal empress and wife of Jahangir, with introducing chikankari to India



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