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Types of Chikankari stitches

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Types of Chikankari stitches

Lucknow Chikankari is one of its distinctive types of hand embroidery, involving a range of stitching styles that an artisan must learn over many years of hard work. Chikankari or chikan embroidery techniques necessitate discipline and attention to detail in their execution. As a result, this art cannot be unstealable anywhere. Chikankari has 32 stitches. Among them, the five basic stiches are Phanda-small circular dot, Jaali, tepchi-the running stich, murri and bakhia- the most common and popular stich that gives the shadow effect. Dhoom, Gol-Murri, Janjeera, Keel, Kangan-bangle, Dhania Patti, Murri lambi -the murri stich ends with sharp point, Karan Phool,...

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Threads of Tradition: Chikan Embroidery of Jaali Stitch

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Threads of Tradition: Chikan Embroidery of Jaali Stitch

The Jaali stitch in chikan embroidery is a unique speciality of this craft this stitch gives an effect of open mesh or net created. In this stitch the thread is never drawn through the fabric, ensuring that the back portion of the garment looks as impeccable as the front. It is believed that Noor Jahan, queen to the Mughal emperor Jahangir, took a special interest in Persian architecture. Wide open designs and the visual effects of a jaali i.e. lattice screens in concrete fascinated her. 

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