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Difference between Chiffon and Georgette

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Chiffon is the French word for a cloth or rag, is a lightweight, balanced plain-woven sheer fabric woven of alternate S- and Z-twist crepe (high-twist) yarns. The twist in the crepe yarns puckers the fabric slightly in both directions after weaving, giving it some stretch and a slightly rough feel.
Chiffon is made from cotton, silk or synthetic fibers. Chiffon can be dyed to almost any shade, but chiffon made from polyester can be difficult to dye. Under a magnifying glass it resembles a fine net or mesh which gives chiffon some see-through properties.
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When sewing chiffon, many crafters layer tissue paper in between the two pieces being sewn together. The tissue paper helps keep the fabric together, with the rough surface of the tissue holding the chiffon in place while it is handled. After sewing, the tissue paper can be carefully ripped out. Chiffon is also pinnable, as it will spring …

Process of Chikankari - Lucknowi Hand Embroidery

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Chikankari ( Lucknowi Chikan hand embroidery) is a elegant and beautiful hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabric like Cotton, Georgette, silk, chiffon, organza, net etc. it has been  practiced from last 400 years and it became a tradition. Over a period of time, it has evolved and became a commercial activity and giving employment to many artisans. It Started with White thread embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. But currently chikan embroidery is also done with coloured and silk threads in different colours to meet the recent fashion trends and keep chikankari trendy with fashion. Western Wear Chikan embroidery are well in Fashion. Lucknow is the heart of the Chikankari industry today (Lucknowi chikan).
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History of Lucknowi Chikan Chikankari Embroidery

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Chikankari is an ancient from of white floral embroidery, intricately worked with needle and raw thread. Its delicacy is mesmeric. For centuries, this fine white tracery on transparent white fabric has delighted the heart of king and commoner alike. It is centered mainly in the northern heartland of india, namely Lucknow, the capital of a large state, called Uttar Pradesh. It has survived the loss of royal patronage, suffered deeply at the hands of commercialization, lost its way sometimes in mediocrity and yet stayed alive, is a tribute to the skill and will of the crafts persons who have handed down this technique from one generation to another.
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Today, This delicate form of embroidery is traditionally practiced in and around the city of Lucknow. Lucknow is a Lovely old city, a city of old gardens and palaces, fine architectural conceit mosques, temples and ageing monuments, a city so favoured by European travelers …