India, Bhairvis Chikan / Mamta Varma, Charcoal Dupatta Shawl
Product name: Dupatta
Type of product: Shawl
Description (story of the item): Hina, one of our highly-skilled chikankari artists, has embroidered this dupatta, at home during COVID19 lockdown in Lucknow. She has displayed her exquisite talent while embroidering few of the finest stitches in chikankari. Each stitch looks like a grain of rice thus called chawal (rice) wali murri. The thread used in embroidery is white cotton thread traditionally used in chikankari 'kachcha dhaaga'. Eighty five days of skilled craftsmanship has gone into completing this product. Old wooden blocks from a master printer’s collection of blocks have been used to print the designs. His father is credited for introducing the tray to facilitate chikan printing. Before the tray was introduced, a solution of pink colour was spread on the palm of the hand and the block was rubbed-dipped onto the hand and the design was transferred to the cloth for embroidery.
Materials: This charcoal colour, natural tussar silk dupatta, has been hand-woven in Bhagalpur district in the state of Bihar, with mulberry silk warp and kosa silk yarn in the weft. Silk fibre is sourced from silk producing farms. The fringes at the end add a finishing to the piece.