What is special about Chikankari embroidery?

What are the unique features of chikankari?

The pattern to be embroidered is stamped onto the fabric by hand with a wooden pattern block that has been coated with neel (indigo). The fabric now has the outlines of the designs that will be embroidered into the delicate ‘shadow’ embroidery motifs that are the defining feature of Chikankari.

What is chikankari Speciality?

Chikankari is a unique way of designing fabric. It’s an arduous process that is a compilation of designing, engraving, block printing, embroidery, washing and finishing. First, the fabric is cut according to requirement. Then it is block printed with design motifs on which the embroidery is done.

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.

How can you tell real Chikankari?

When you’re on the lookout for a perfect Chikankari ensemble, always ensure the product has French knots, crisscross embroidery, and shadow stitch. If you happen to see loose threads, uneven fabric, and thick fabric, it’s not handmade.

What is chicken work?

Chikan is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabrics like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net, etc. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments.

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