It is believed that Chikankari originated in *Chikan*, a village in the *Koh Mehr* District of Persia. The artisans of this art were employed by *Noor Jehan*, herself a connoisseur of this art form. The art flourished in the *Mughal harems in Delhi*. After the downfall of the Mughal empire, the progeny of these artisans migrated to *Lucknow* and settled there under the patronage of the *Awadh kings*. Today, it continues to flourish in and around Lucknow. This kind of hand embroidery is not done anywhere else in the world. *Chikankari* is an art form of hand embroidery with as many as *32 different types of stitches* done with mostly using cotton thread. However, in today’s times, even art silk threads are also widely being used to embroider intricately beautiful floral motifs.
The Chikankari products are hand embroidered, and therefore, the embroidery may have slight dissimilarities that are a natural outcome of the extensive human (Artisans’) involvement in the process. These minor variations / dissimilarities of stitches / motifs add to their charm and ensure you have a unique piece. So when you own a chikankari product, imagine that it has gone through the hands and hard work of artisans