Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Chikon Embroidery of Bengal


Chikon is another craft of West Bengal. “The craft originated in East Bengal and it was carried to Lucknow during the period of lixury-loving Nawabs of Oudh”(Rustam J Mehta – Handicrafts & Industrial Arts Manufacturers of India(1860) and also  T N Mukherjee – Art Manufacturers of India(1888)): the district of Dacca had long been famous not only for its fine muslins but also f its fine embideries. Abbe de Guyon wrote in 1774: “From Dacca came the best and finest embroideries in gold, silver and silk and those embroidered neck cloths and fine muslins which are seen in France.”
At present the industry localized in and around the village of Babnan, a town located in the border of Hooghly-Howrah. It also practised in Barasat area of North 24 Parganas. In both the places the artisans engaged in the trade are Muslim women of good families who receive the training in early childhood from their childhood from their mothers and grandmothers. Saries & Dress materials, bedcovers , table & Cushion covers, napkins etc. are some of their distinctive products which are very much liked by the customers for their good designs & flawless craftspersonship.
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