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The chikan work of Lucknow is perhaps one of the most popular embroidery works in India. Its grace and elegance has ensured that it never goes out of style.

The designs are a novel mix of stitches and grades of threads that form patterns which include lace like jali and opaque fillings. The delicacy of outline and details is mesmerizing.

Often the embroiderer creates mesh-like sections in the design by using a needle to separate threads in the ground fabric, and then working around the spaces.

The creative specialization of chikankari -an effect of drawn thread work is achieved without drawing out any. Tiny raised flowers done in what seem to be French knots are balanced by the flat stem stitch and large areas of open work to prevent either a crowded or too scattered appearance.