Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh and it has always been a multicultural city. Lucknow is popularly known as the The City of Nawabs. It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind and The Constantinople of India. Lucknow Cluster falls under Uttar Pradesh State.
Chikankari is a famous and popular embroidery work that is known all over India. The 400-year-old art of Chikan embroidery in its present form was developed in Lucknow and it is the only place to preserve this art to this day. It is mainly practised in and around Lucknow, famed for its tehzeeb or refined style of behaviour where chikankari reached its most elaborate and distinctive form. Chikankari is famous as ‘shadow work’ and is a very delicate and artistic hand embroidery done using white thread on fine white cotton cloth usually fine muslin or chiffons. Sometimes yellowish muga silk was also used in addition to the white thread. The work is done on topis (caps), kurtas, saris, cogds (a kind of scarf) and other outfits. There are number of tales narrate about the birth and development of this subtle art.
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