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An organisation supporting women artisans skilled in the craft of 'Chikankari'. An attempt to keep our Indian culture and craft alive by using the old techniques in contemporary form making sustainable products.

Meet Nidhi Bala

Nidhi Bala

Founder, Tanzeb

A true Lakhnavi by birth and from heart, Nidhi Bala believes that her upbringing has played a huge role in making her the person she is today. After pursuing her post graduation in Economics in 2000 and a Masters in Business Administration in 2003, she worked with different social ventures and spent some time in US and South Korea as well.

Her experiences opened her eyes to the fact that the Chikankari technique, which she has adored wearing since her Lucknow days, were being imitated and sold at unfair prices both in India and abroad. This was the trigger which, even though she had no experience in this industry, made her want to do something to save the fading faces behind the art.

She spent a year and a half researching in villages on the outskirts of Lucknow, where she met hundreds of women artisans who had been practicing the craft without any recognition, before founding 'Tanzeb'. Today, she has created a team of 40 people while residing in Bangalore with her family, who all stress on creating quality products which celebrate the history and beauty of Chikankari work.

For more, you can check out her YourStory feature, or simply walk into our store in Domlur!

Unique 'Chikankari' hand embroidered designs, made for you!


Our endeavor at Tanzeb is to preserve and retain the quality of the Lucknow Chikankari craft, along with bringing about positive changes in the social and economic conditions of the artisans. Tanzeb refers to a colorless or pure white muslin cloth with pure white cotton thread work. For us, it is a representation of our efforts: the original and purest form of the Chikankari art.


The Chikankari industry is an old fragmented one where most artisans have been deprived of basic necessities along with education and communication skills. Some of the biggest challenges we face, therefore, is the lack of self-confidence, motivation and discipline among the 'karigars' or artisans. Hence, our relentless effort is to empower them by providing stable employment, one-on-one attention and constant support, beyond just work.


Each piece at Tanzeb is unique. Each stitch, even on the same design, is determined by the hand so no two items are the same. We take vested interest in our customers, and try our best to fullfill their requirements to the best of our ability. We love to incorporate their suggestions into our designs as well. From custom orders to personalised fittings, we believe our personal touch is what keeps them happy!

Great service, fast shipping, and very reasonable prices for products of such quality!
Erik Johnson
Los Angeles, California

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Tanzeb - Reviving an era of Embroidery, 4017, 1st Cross Rd, Stage 2, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008, India

Monday to Saturday

11am - 7pm


with prior appointment

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