CHIKANKARI – Lucknow Special

‘Chikan’ is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India. Literally translated, the word means embroidery.

Believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, the wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir, it is one of Lucknow’s best known textile decoration styles.

The technique of creation of a chikan work is known as ‘chikankari’. The market for local chikan is mainly in Chowk, Lucknow. It is the heart of the chikankari industry today and the variety is known as ‘Lucknawi chikan’.

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