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In West Bengal, Chikankari is also a widely practiced embroidery art. Record of the travelers of the sixteenth century describes that during the sixteenth century, white work from Bengal, was influenced by the Portuguese traders, the residents of the port Hugli, north of Kolkata of that time. The Bengali migrants who came from Dacca in eighteenth century to settle in Lucknow brought this art of surface ornamentation to Lucknow. Chikan work came into production by the nineteenth century.
There was one significant difference between chikankari in Bengal and Lucknow. While the first evolved as a major item for trade, the latter was exclusive to royal clientele.
Popular lore states that the origins of this craft of filigreed embroidery can be traced to the Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, who on a visit to Iran was so impressed by the beautiful motifs on the walls of the buildings there, that she ordered them to be copied through embroidery on her garments.
Whatever its origin, Chikankari embroidery look really pristine, be it on a Garment, Scarf or a Stole from the collection of Ginvaani Weaves.