Chikankari

Region: Chikankari is white work embroidery practiced in lucknow, uttar Pradesh. It is believed that Nur Jahan, wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir embroidered a cap for her husband, and hence popularized this craft of white on white embroidery.

end use: Traditionally the embroidery was done mainly for male garments such as kurta, bandi, choga etc. for summer wear.

Presently Chikankari is being explored for apparel as well as home products on different fabrics like crepe silks, chiffons, georgettes and cotton polyester blends. Besides the traditional white on white embroidery, the contemporary chikankari has a wider colour palette, from pastels to bright colours