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Art and Craft in Lucknow

Lucknow, one of the Indian finest cities is also considered as the ‘golden city of the east’. The city is famous for its emotional warmth, courtesy and pleasurable life. For centuries, Lucknow is known for its handicrafts. Nawabs of Awadh were interested in the great work of fine arts particularly the Chikan work which is a unique craft work. Chikan is a complete hand embroidery work which uses 36 types of stitches on a variety of fabric such as silk, muslin, organza, chiffon, organdi and doriya. Bakhia, tepchi, jail, tappa, katao are the types of stitches widely used in chikan work. Hasan Mirza Saheb and Ustad Faiyaaz Khan were the famous artisans of chikan work.

Chikan embroidery nowadays is used on items such as table covers, napkins, tray covers etc. apart from sarees, suits, dupattas, and handkerchiefs. The chowk locality and Daliganj in Lucknow are famous for the availability of chikan work. Besides chikan, the kamdani and zardosi work of Lucknow are equally appreciated.

From time immemorial, the city of Lucknow is known for its excellent work on jewellery. Exquisite silverwares such as tea-sets, bowls, salt cellars are very popular. The craftsmen are also expert in creating items like shirt pins, knives, small toys and lamp shades made of ivory and bone carvings. Fine pottery is another pride work of Lucknow that has mesmerized the consumers. The huqqa and long water pitchers are especially famous in Lucknow.

Kite making is another high level artistry craft in Lucknow. Although it is popular all over India, the activity attained its perfection in Lucknow only. Flourished in Lucknow, this type of art has achieved heights in developing different kinds of kites and their strings. All in all, other crafts work such as dyeing, gota weaving, calico printing, woodworks, silver varq making and tazia making are also popular far and wide. Lucknow has always been a shopper’s delight and provides thousands of employment through its craft work. Lucknow will keep alive the rich traditions of the magnificent city.

Given below are the name and address of the major art and craft schools in Lucknow:

Antarangini Art Institute
Address: Plot No-15/18, Near Munshi Puliya, Union Bank, Indira Nagar, Lucknow - 208026

Arunima Art & Craft Classes
Address: Plot No-C-4546, Near Kothari Bandhhu Chaurana, Sector-12, Mohan Road, Rajaji Puram, Lucknow - 226017

GD Art
Address: 1-A/3, Vijay Nagar, Kanpur - 208005

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