Chikankari - A timeless and classic art of Lucknow.
The city of Lucknow fondly known as the 'Nawabon ka Shehar' is famous for its art and culture. Chikan, in the literal sense, means 'embroidery'. Chikankari embroidery is one of Lucknow's most ancient and well known art forms. It's an ancient form of white floral embroidery, intricately worked with needle and raw thread.
Chikankari is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textiles like muslin, chiffon, silk, net, organza etc. Chikankari is very similar to Shadow work, traditionally only white colour threads were used but nowadays Chikan embroidery is done with coloured and silk thread keeping up with the latest trends.
Along with Chikankari the Mukaish work also finds its origin in Lucknow. Mukaish work is considered as one of the most beautiful embellishments and ornamentation art. Both these crafts have always been each other's companion. The beauty of Mukaish work merged with Chikankari makes the garment even more alluring. Symbol of elegance and royalty, Chikankari has become a staple in every wedding closet.
In support of the "Make in India" campaign led by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji and Minister of Textiles Shri Smriti Iraniji Jhelum is delighted to have collaborated this season with Ms Maloo Natarajan and the executive committee of FICCI FLO Mumbai. "Windows for Weavers" is an initiative to promote the weavers and artisan of India, a special mention here to the Chikankari artisans of Lucknow. This is a pure initiative to release the weavers from the financial crisis that they have faced during the Covid times of 2019, for the weavers to sell ready inventory and take orders.
In addition the Jhelum team will also offer its expertise by interacting with the weavers on the clients behalf for proactiveness of off the rack sales and to create a comfortable environment for clients to place orders and in return receive quality products. Whether it's your upcoming wedding or the festivities. Brides of India this is your golden chance. You can shop their products exclusively available between 25th to 30th September on www.jhelum.in
- Charmi Sachdev