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Posted by : haxm rana Friday, 30 November 2012


work of Lucknow is perhaps one of the most popular embroidery works in India. It has a certain grace and elegance, which ensures that it never goes out of style. The word Chicana literally means embroidery. It is said to have been originally introduced by Cur Johan, the beautiful wife of the Maugham emperor, Jahangir. It has since evolved and attained its glory and perfection in Lucknow, Utter Preshrank. The work became popular in a number of important cities of the Ind-Genetic plain such as Delhi, Agra, Ramp, Bananas, Patna and Gay. But the supremacy of Lucknow remained unchallenged.
The designs depend for its effect on the variety of stitches used and different grades of threads used to form the patterns which include, the lace like jali, the opaque fillings and the delicacy or boldness of outline and details. The most beautiful part of chikan work is the open work ground, an effect of drawn thread work is achieved without drawing out any. Tiny raised flowers done in what seem to be French knots are balanced by the flat stem stitch and large areas of open work to prevent either a crowded or too scattered appearance.

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