a masterpiece from Wajid Ali Collections is wearing a piece of history"
Indian name of Chikan embroidery is Chikankari. Kari being Hindi for work
and Chikan is a Persian word meaning embroidery of a kind as per the Burhan's
classical dictionary compiled in 1651.
fine is this embroidery that the Romans called it textili venti, the woven
winds. Chikankari has evovlved over centuries, reaching its peak in the late
nineteenth century in Lucknow under the regime of the legendary Wajid Ali
Shah, the famed ruler of Avadh, known for his ardor for art and culture and
also for his predilection for donning finest fabric with equally fine hand
crafted embroidry work.
is a type of white work - white embroidery on white fabric with predominantly
floral designs executed on fine cotton fabric with untwisted threads of white
cotton, rayon or silk.
are six basic stitches in Chikan :
with a number of derivatives like Tepchi Pechni, Pashni, Cutwork, Balda and
Dohra Bakhiya and Muri etc.
involved in Chikan kari are Thappagars (the woodblock carvers), Rangsaaz
(dyers), Cheepies (printers), Darzis (tailors), Sozankars (embroiders) and
Wajid Ali Collection is created using the finest cotton fabric and threads. Each
style is carefully crafted to match the styles and panache of Nawabs and
maharajas of the glorious Indian past, while ensuring comforts of modern
fabric used is light - weight to make this piece an ideal leisure and ceremonial
use, especially in summers.
recreate the glorious past of the Nawabs, our Sozankar(embroider) has taken
almost one and a half months to complete this delicately embroidered piece - for
those who value our cultural heritage.
you are using a masterpiece from Wajid Ali Collection, you are using a piece of