Did you know that Chikankari artisans, most of whom are women, stay away from embroidering animal motifs? Because animals would have eyes and embroidering eyes would be akin to putting a soul into it making it an affront to the almighty. Delicate, intricate and storied, Chikankari is one of the most enduring textile crafts of India. With more than 32 stitches like Tepchi, Bak (Running stitch), Bakhiya (double back stitch), Hool (Eyelet), Zanzeera (chain stitch), Rahet (stem stitch) in its repertoire, Chikankari adorns this collection of handwoven chanderi kurtas from Jaypore with élan. Embroidered by the women artisans of the Sangraha Kala Foundation in Lucknow, these kurtas are one more step towards preserving this beautiful craft and helping it flourish. Sangraha is an initiative by designer Jaspal Kalra to provide design education to Chikankari artisans based in Lucknow and help them create products and designs suited to the contemporary context.