Why is chikankari so expensive?
It’s labour intensive and therefore expensive. Many shops these days have started fixing ready-made nets in the fabric in place of a handmade Jaali. It brings down the price and might appeal to some buyers but it’s not authentic Chikan.
Why is chikankari called chicken?
There are various theories behind naming of the term ‘chikankari’. As per one version, the word has been derived from a Persian word chain or shaken, which means creating delicate patterns on a fabrics with threads. According to others, it may be a distorted version of chicken or sequin coin valuing Rs.
What is the other name of chikankari?
Chikankari is believed to have been popularised in India by Nur Jehan, wife of the Mughal emperor Jahangir. It was brought to India by Persian nobles who would visit the Mughal courts. 2. Chikankari is also known as shadow work.
How old is Chikankari?
Chikankari dates back two centuries. The word chikan is thought to be derived from a Persian word; one theory is that the form travelled to India when its artisans migrated from Persia in search of better patronage.