The Talking Threads Of Lucknow – Chikankari

Text and Images by Ishani Palandurkar

Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh has been the motherland of various art forms. Dance forms like Kathak and Mujra, classical Indian music and Urdu and Hindi poetry have beautifully laced the cultural image of the city. Yet amongst all, Lucknow stands out as the birthplace of the famous hand embroidery technique known as  Chikankari, said to have been popularized by the Nawabs who commissioned karigars (artisans) for Chikan work on their silk headwears. Continue reading The Talking Threads Of Lucknow – Chikankari

An Honest Appreciation Of Master Craftsmen From India

What makes Dastkar an idea destination to shop is knowing that most of the money you invest in purchasing the traditional Indian artforms, goes to the artisan. A sustainable effort to encourage artisans and their students to pursue learning and mastery of the crafts and still live with dignity.

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