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What a real chikankari is & is not!!

The white on white hand made delicate embroidery on various fabrics is nothing else but a pure art. The sight of a beautiful hand embroidered Chikankari saree gives a feeling of royalty and delicateness. Be it a classic ivory piece or a brighter chikankari has always been a good choice when it comes to Indian ethnic dressing, The richness of this intricate embroidery has got favour from every fashion designer and bollywood actresses. Chikankari is an eminent craft amongst other handloom specialities of India, which has mesmerised one and all.

Be an informed buyer, how to know the chikan saree/fabric you are buying is authentic and not made by machine. What a real chikankari is & is not!! Know how!

  • You can see lots of threads running on the backside of the saree, intermingly and overlapping from motifs to several patterns, it has value and worth for its aesthetics.

  • The needles and threads passing through fabrics making delicate designs,the irregularity in stitches that you notice are not errors but characteristic of the hand crafted process, and the confirmation of authenticity.

  • Chikan sarees created with machines look perfect and have no imperfections, whereas authentic chikan work is handcrafted and hand embroidered and due to that you may find slight irregularities, which makes every saree exclusive

  • Chikan work done on pure georgette which is 10 times dyeable, so that you have a choice to get it done with your choice of colour.

  • One saree depending on the intricacy of embroidery can take from 2 months to 11 months to finish and is usually done by one person only.

  • Mulmul fabric being the first nowadays the beauty of chikankari embroidery is done on fabrics like pure georgette, Viscose, Organza and Tissue as well, giving it versatility with heavenly mukaish and gota patti work.

  • There are 32 stitches of chikankari broadly classified into Raised stitch, Embossed and Flat stitch. Hatkati, Jaali, Murri, Bakhiya, tepchi, pechani, phanda are a few names of embroidery form used in Chikankari.

  • The jaal embroidery created by artisans on sarees is one of the most delicate and time taking forms and embroidery.

  • There are hardly any garments with Lucknow Chikan work that don't have floral patterns or motifs. It is a strong influence of Persian aesthetics on this craft that has led to floral adornment on fabrics.

  • Depending on the pattern, intricacy and style, it can take 2-11 months or a year, one saree is done only by one person to finish just one saree. The amount of delicate hand work done by artisans is commendable. The finesse, the look is astonishing.

  • Why is it a little expensive!! It is delicate shadow work that is refined and impossibly elegant, but also time-consuming and laborious to produce.

Chikankari is considered as the most beautiful textile decoration

It's timeless! What’s not to love about Chikankari sarees? Delicate, royal, refined… and oh-so-lightweight! There’s no classic that looks as refreshing and elegant as a Chikankari saree on a summery day :)

Simplicity and elegance of lucknow’s chikankari

Wondering how to have a piece of Chikankari saree in your wardrobe? Which is pure, authentic and straight from the artisans of Lucknow. JHaanpi is here to help and is determined to bring you your choice in our collection. Give yourself wings and grab authentic chikankari at JHaanpi.

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