Chikankari is the traditional embroidery iconic to the historical city of Lucknow practiced by women in Lucknow and the surrounding regions. The needlework is typically done on muslin fabric. There are a number of stitches unique to this craft. Bakhia, muri, phanda, phool-pati are some of the most popular ones. It was popularised by the Mughal rulers and patronised by them.
We are currently working with a group of young girls practicing the craft. These artisans are vulnerable to exploitation by factories and traders who mass produce Chikan products, thus diluting the quality and skill of the artisans largely. Our efforts are directed to giving a new look to the craft while reviving its quality and finesse.