Chikankari Artisans Are Getting Only 10% of The Entire Value
Estimates shows the number of Chikankari artisans in Lucknow and nearby areas runs in 250,000 and more, yet the Chikankari Artisans are remain living on mercy of Government with no medical insurance and social security. Chikan Artisans who are delivering very fine embroidery to many top internationally recognized designers like Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani and many others are unfortunately the most neglected lots. People involve in selling the hand embroidered apparels are making a lot of money but artisans are yet to receive their rights.
The talent of Chikan hand embroidery is depleting every single day. People have migrated from nearby villages to cities to earn more money. Artisans are getting close to Rupees 10/- to 30/- per day in rural areas.
"Prices of Chikankari goods are increasing but the worry is , It is not reflecting in the wages that Chikankari Artisans receive. There are so many middle men involved in the process. There should be a process where end consumers meet these artisans in direct manner with very minimal intervention of middle men" says Anchal Gupta, Founder of Dress365days.com, the largest online chikankari store.