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Chikankari

The name Chikan derives from the Persian word Chakin or Chikeen meaning a cloth wrought with needlework. Chikankari (process of chikan) is an ancient from of white floral embroidery, an open work pattern, jali (lace) or shadow-work. Chikankari was basically invented in Lucknow, (India) during the Mughal era and was inspired by Persian designs.The artform consists of 36 different types of intricate stitches including "Bakhiya" "Fanda" "Murri" "Bijli" "Pechni" "Ghans patti" "Ulti Jali" which are similar to the backstitch, chain stitch and hemstitch.

Zardozi

Zardozi and Kamdani embroideries are, glitteringly ornate and heavily encrusted with gold thread work. An ancient art, dating back to Rigvedic times, is said to have been used to adorn the dresses of Gods and Goddesses. The original embroidery of Zari was done with pure silver wires coated with real gold known as Kalabatun. Though silver and gold threads have now been replaced with synthetic and artificial threads, the art remains the same.

Parsi Or Gara Work

Parsi embroidery or Gara work has its roots in Persia (from the Bronze Age) but with time it has incorporated influences from European, Chinese, Persian and Indian culture. Realistically pictorial, lyrically composed, aesthetically colorful and delicately embellished Parsi Gara embroidery is an emblem of style and elegance. Rich Gara embroidery, originally considered a Parsi family's heirloom, has become a rare, collectors' items because of the intricate work and beauty. Organizations like the Parzor Foundation have been working, since 1999, with the support of UNESCO and the Government of India to revive the craft.

Phulkari

Phulkari embroidery, is from the Punjab region in India, literally means flower working, and in a way, was true folk art. The main characteristics of Phulkari embroidery are use of darn stitch on the wrong side of coarse cotton cloth with coloured silken thread. Punjabi women created innumerable alluring and interesting designs and patterns by their skilful manipulation of the darn stitch.

Rajasthani Embroidery

The handicrafts of Rajasthan are vibrant and colourful. The most striking example is Rajasthani mirror work of Jaisalmer. The Rajasthani embroiders add versatility by incorporating mirror embroidery to other styles such as tie-and-dye and appliqué.

Kashmiri Embroidery

Kashmiri embroidery or kashida uses colors and the motifs of flowers, creepers and chinar leaves, as the most common form of inspiration. Kashmiri embroidery is known for the skilled execution of a single stitch. Chain stitch, satin stitch, the slanted darn stitch, stem, herringbone and sometimes the doori or knot stitches are used. Sozni embroidery or dorukha is often done so skillfully that the motif appears on both sides of the shawl with each side having a different color.

Kantha

Kantha is a type of embroidery popular in West Bengal - the entire cloth is covered with running stitches, employing beautiful motifs of flowers, animals, birds and geometrical shapes, as well as themes from everyday activities. The stitching on the cloth gives it a slight wrinkled, wavy effect.

Bead Work

Clothes bejeweled with pearls, semi precious stones and sequins.