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Ghulam Abbas

image Art Form:
Chikankari Embroidery

image Home Address:
H. No. 448/881, A Nagariya, Behind Anjeer wali Masjid, Ghasmandi Dhaal, Napiar Road II, Thakurganj, Lucknow - 226003, Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow has been and is even today the centre for Chikankari in India.

Chikankari, dates back to the Mughal era. Empress Noor Jahan is said to have introduced this embroidery to India.

It is one of the finest types of intricate embroidery, wherein motifs are created using white cotton thread using simple or inverted satin stitch, darn stitch, buttonhole, netting and applique work.

The materials used include Delicate cotton, Chiffon, Georgette and Rubia Fabric.

Legend says that Mallika Noorjahan embroidered a design motif on a piece of cloth which was then converted into an inlay work on her father Hmadulla's tomb in Agra. This tomb is one of the best specimens of Moghul Art in Agra.

Like Zardosi and other intricate embroidery, complicated and detailed Chikankari embroidery, too is done by men. Earlier this craft was confined to the anana - ladies. Girls embroidered articles for their dowry, or to embellish their outfits. Male members made articles for the house like bedspreads, table covers, thaal covers, Dupatta, Saris, Royal Robe dresses and so forth.