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“Chikankari”, an ancient art of embroidery, is believed to be developed by “NoorJahan”, the queen of Emperor Jahangir during the golden period of Mughal rule. Evolved and flourished during the rule of Mughals, this form of embroidery was done on a very fine muslin cloth which use to be weaved in East Bengal (Present day Bangladesh) or imported from Persia. The garment thus developed was only meant for rulers and nobles of the society. During its course of journey, the art flourished in Indo- Ganges belt and was very common in cities like Agra, Lucknow, Faizabad, Bijnor, Rampur and Patna. However, the supremacy and finish of “Lucknowi Chikankari” remained unchallenged.
The word “Chikankari” which literally means “Embroidery”, itself signifies its beauty, age old royal glory, heart touching expressions of artisans and hardworking of tender hands. Due to its versatility and class, the art of Chikankari has survived the turbulent and tough journey through the ages. In the modern age of fashion, Chikankari has further grown and evolved itself and is now a symbol of lifestyle and status.