Chikankari: Indian ‘Shadow Work’ Embroidery for Beginners with Manjari

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tWhat’s it all about?

Chikankari is a very old traditional embroidery technique also known as Shadow Work. This ancient art form was introduced to India during the Mugal era in 16th Century and is still practiced in the Northern India.

Originally this work was done on white fabrics using white threads creating a surreal effect especially on sheer fabrics. Chikankari
has been brought into limelight by many Indian designers as they use and explore this embroidery technique to cover the entire garments with delicate floral motifs.

In this class we will learn various stitches and techniques on sheer cotton fabrics. You will create a sample that can be framed, used as a
patch or can become part of a bigger project. 

All materials will be provided. 

A basic sewing skill can be helpful but not necessary as the stitches are simple and easy to follow. 

What will we cover?

In this hands on class Manjari will cover:

  • History of Chikankari
  • Different stitches, motifs, and fabrics
  • Sewing basics
  • Sewing your own piece of Chikankari!


  • Wheelchair Accessibility Venue
  • Quiet Spaces
  • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
  • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreter Upon Request 
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Who will be teaching?

Manjari (she/her) is a trained Fashion Designer with vast experience in Indian textiles and embroideries. After working in the
Fashion industry for over a decade, she has been running her own handmade children’s clothing label, Bubble For Poppet, for the past eight years.

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More about accessibility 

Photo of teacher’s own wonderful work.

Any other questions or ways we can assist with accessibility? Just shoot Maddy (she/her) an email at