The technique of creation of a chikan work is known as chikankari (चिकनकारी). Chikan is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabrics like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net, etc. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. It is one of Lucknow's oldest and best textile decoration styles. It came to India as part of the culture of Persian nobles through Mughal courts, where the white on white embroidery was introduced. Chikankari work can be done on a variety of fabrics such as muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net, etc.