Is Chikankari an embroidery?

Is chikankari a weave?

The process to weave chikankari has various steps. First, the design of the weave is chosen. Then the process begins with block-printing a pattern where one or more patterns are used on the light base fabric.

Why is Chikankari expensive?

It’s labour intensive and therefore expensive. Many shops these days have started fixing ready-made nets in the fabric in place of a handmade Jaali. It brings down the price and might appeal to some buyers but it’s not authentic Chikan.

How old is Chikankari?

Chikankari dates back two centuries. The word chikan is thought to be derived from a Persian word; one theory is that the form travelled to India when its artisans migrated from Persia in search of better patronage.

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