Business Practice

As JAISWAL CHIKAN EMPORIUM is a family run business, the company strictly adheres to the ethical practices and transparency. It enables us to fulfil the diversified requirements of our customers. The timely delivery, unmatched product quality, and pricing policies are the premium assets of our company.

Our Team

Twenty-six years ago, JAISWAL CHIKAN EMPORIUM started by Anil Jaiswal from a small-setup at Lucknow’s old chowk. He had a group of four professionals that gradually increased with success and popularity. Our company soon scored the top rank in the Lucknow’s Chikankaari Business community with a trustworthy and straightforward business approach.

Our company now provides livelihood to people who are keen on regional textile crafts and arts. We also have trained artisans hired from the outskirts of Lucknow who diligently craft chikankaari work on our apparels.

About Chikankaari

Chikankaari artwork was invented in Lucknow. It is a customary embroidery style that depicts long-standing tales. The below-listed designs illustrate exciting facts and stories:

  • The ancient references delineate that Chikan work started in 3rd Century BC India by Megasthenes, who flowered embroidery muslins. 
  • As per Laila Tyabji, chikankaari comes from the shiraz white-white embroidery that illustrates the Persian noble culture at the Mughal Court.
  • One story depicts that a traveler taught a peasant to perform chikankaari work in return for a glass of water. 
  • The most famous origin is Noor Jahan, wife of Jahangir and Mughal Empress, who introduced chikankaari to India.

 

Chikan Embroidery work is done on silk, chiffon, crepe, pure georgette, semi-georgette, cotton, and other textile materials that are light-shaded and illustrate the embroidery work. The textile should not be hard or thick; otherwise, the embroidery needle will not pass through it. A chikankaari artwork starts with more than one pattern blocks on the base fabric. An embroiderer lays a blueprint and embroidery on the lines. Later, the finished pieces are thoroughly and gently washed to remove the blueprint. The chikankaari process includes:

  • Material sourcing: We procure cotton, georgette, and similar textiles from the providers in various cities.
  • Fabric stitching and cutting by hand in specific sizes and cuts.
  • Block printing and designing using coloring agents, wooden blocks, and special glue ensure that the blueprint designs do not quickly fade away.
  • Embroidery is the most time-consuming, detailed, and intricate part of chikankaari process. Our designers carry out different kinds of stitches or embroidery like Murri, Hool, Bakhiya, etc. 
  • Quality check, washing, and finishing.

 

The effects and patterns created on the apparels rely on the thread thickness and stitches. More than 32 types of stitches come together to create the chikankaari artform. 



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