There are many stitches used in Indian ethnic chikan embroidery.
Shadow work [herringbone worked on the reverse]is the most common.
Eyelet stitches are also widely used. Sometimes herringbone, running stitches are also used.
When I started doing embroidery, to learn a stitch, a design would be drawn with that stitch in mind. I’ll learn and practice that embroidery through that project. They were generally on tunics. In this project, raised herringbone was practiced on this tunic.
The other stitches used were back stitch , feather stitch and fly stitch. Separate patterns were drawn for sleeves, corners and centre. The sleeves pattern-
beige pink chikan sleeve pat
Embroidery on sleeve
beige pink chikan sleeve emb
Pattern for the corners –
beige pink chikan corner pat
Embroidery on the corners. The basic flower was the same for all patterns, the difference was only on the placements, depending on how they were used –either for corner or sleeve or centre.
beige pink chikan corner emb