Chikankari comes to Singapore

Chikankari comes to Singapore
Indian Muslim workers perform custom 'zardozi' embroidery work on a saree for a customer during the holy month of Ramadan in Hyderabad on July 18, 2014.

Designer Manju Jalota is bringing to Singapore the famous chikankari embroidery work of Lucknow.

Her company Alankrit has given a modern twist to the traditional forms of chikankari, which is usually done with white thread on white muslin or mulmul.

Her designs will be available for sale at an event organised by SaMira on Aug 29 and 30 at the Heritage Place at 21 Tan Quee Lan Street.

Ms Jalota is an educationist-turned-entrepreneur and has played a vital role in reinventing the once-dying art form.

Through her exhibitions around India, Ms Jalota reaches out to the remotest of places and spreads awareness about chikankari.

Alankrit, which has been around for 21 years, has played an instrumental role in supporting over 500 craftsmen and their families in 40 villages around Lucknow.

Chikankari is believed to have been introduced in India by Noor Jahan, Mughal emperor Jehangir's queen.

At Ms Jalota's event in Singapore, you can choose from chikan work saris, anarkalis, salwar suits and tunics.

Alankrit's exhibition will be held at The Seminar Room, Heritage Place 02-08, 21 Tan Quee Lan St (opposite Exit D Bugis MRT). The event is organised by SaMira, a promoter of Indian ethnic crafts, designs and fabrics showcasing the best of India's talents. For more details, contact 9829-2012.


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