A trend from centuries runways, from fashionista to the masses the suit sets flaunted by all. Extremely comfortable and classy at the same time, these are one of the rare creations that can vary from being completely formal to the perfect casual outfits. Shyamal Chikan showcasing the latest trending Lucknowi Chikankari Suit set designed with Chikan stiches and motifs.
Nagma is one of the many chikan karigars of Lucknow, women who are conserving a traditional craft and also augmenting family incomes without having to leave their homes.
“We women enjoy doing it (embroidery) a lot. It helps us utilize our free time and brings money. We use the money we earn from doing chikankari for our children's education,” saysNagma, sitting on an old loosely-strung jute cot in the courtyard of her house as she expertly guides a needle through the fabric she is working on embroidering a beautiful motif.
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,...
Holi in India is celebrated as the festival of color and togetherness. People come together to celebrate in huge numbers across the country. It is an unspoken tradition in the country to celebrate in White, as a symbol of peace, content and brotherhood.
Lucknow is the city of art, culture and its rich heritage, besides being famous for its rich history, Lucknow is recognised worldwide for its Chikankari work. Chikankari, which in the literal sense means embroidery is derived from the Persian word ‘Chakin’ which is also pronounced as ‘Chikan’.For centuries, Chikankari has been considered a traditional art form of Lucknow.