Tepchi

Tepchi is long running or darning stitch worked with six strands on the right side of the fabric taken over four threads and picking up one. Thus, by this a line is formed. Sometimes Tepchi is used to make the “belbuti “all over the fabric. It resembles jamdani and is considered the cheapest and the quickest stitch .This stitch was inspired by Jamdani, a fine muslin fabric with mostly floral designs woven in Dhaka where it's also known as Dhakai. Since a few hundred years earlier, Jamdani was not readily available in Lucknow; the Ruasa (elite class) wanted to replicate this fabric but since there were no weavers to make Jamdani in Lucknow, chikan workers were deployed to create something closest to Jamdani. After much cogitation the stitch of tepchi was created and dense floral patterns were embroidered. If done finely, it would be difficult to differentiate it from the woven fabric of Jamdani.