Project Description

Chikankari: A Lucknawi Tradition

  • INR2,495/ £40 / $55
  • ISBN: 978-93-85285-53-0
  • Size 216×178
  • 264pp  140gsm art paper (matt)
  • All colour;104 photographs,  & 10 black and white illustrations
  • Hardback with dust jacket

Chikankari is one of the finest traditional embroideries of India, a symbol of Lucknawi culture and elegant courts of the nawabs of Awadh. Chikankari appeared in Lucknow in the late 18th century and its exquisite aesthetic and craftsmanship has sustained the tradition to this day, through changing patronage and market trends. Chikankari is not just about embroidery. Its legendary finesse is based on a creative blend of the delicate embroidery with very fine dressmaking and sewing techniques. This beautifully illustrated book showcases unknown gems from personal and public collections, and brings to life the history of this unique craft tradition. The various chapters describe the mysterious origins of the craft, the range of costumes, the inspirations behind it motifs, the time-honoured elaborate production process, and the bewildering array of stitches that raised this craft to a truly exceptional art form.

Paola Manfredi


Paola Manfredi Born in Italy, Paola Manfredi lived and worked in India for over thirty years. With a background in ethnology, she is passionate about textiles and deeply interested in [...]

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