Glory and Perfection
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“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)
This is a close-up of a Chikan embroidery done by a lady in a little village near Lucknow.
Chikan has a timeless grace and elegance and allows you to wear a piece of history as it is a form of embroidery that has been art part of India for centuries.
The legend says that it has been originally introduced by Nur Jahan, the beautiful wife of the Mughal emperor, Jahangir.
It has since evolved and attained its glory and perfection in Lucknow.
Chikan Embroidery is a form of hand embroidery with patterns of different designs stitched using untwisted white cotton or silk (or rayon) threads on the surface of the fabric.
In Chikan work, there is a fixed repertoire of stitches and it is usual for several types of stitched to appear on the same piece of embroidery (thereby enhancing it’s intricacy and beauty).