Lucknow, in Uttar Pradesh, was and is the focal point of chikan embroidery, famous for its immortal beauty and its gossamer delicacy, an aptitude over 200 years of age – misused, commercialism however not dead. Truth be told, the specialty is alive and attempting to recapture some of its previous magnificence and tastefulness. An investigation of the cause of chikan uncovers that this type of weaving had come to India from Persia with Noor Jehan, the ruler of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir. The word chikan is a subordinate from the Persian word “chikaan” which means drapery. What we know is that chikankari came to Oudh when Mughal power declined in Bengal and the artisans moved to the Oudh durbars, looking for work and support.
Chikan embroidery is done on fine cotton fabric. The pieces of clothing are initially sewed and afterward weaved, though skirts, saris, and table material are initially weaved and afterward wrapped up. The outline to be weaved is imprinted on the fabric with wooden squares, utilizing criminal hues, which are ordinarily made by blending a paste and indigo with water. For additional fine plans, metal squares are now and then utilized.