Shopping in Lucknow
What to Shop
A must buy item when in Lucknow is definitely Chikankari apparels. Chikankari is a form of delicate thread work weaved over fine silk, muslin or cotton. The beautiful all-over chikankari work is an absolute piece of wonder and it takes months to weave a single piece of cloth. The designs, popularised by the Mughals and Nawabs, are unique and an authentic piece from Lucknow will always remain a pride possession in your wardrobe. The modern Chikarkari work comes with a light twist of zardozi and stones. If you have a thing for bling, you can also buy one of the modern Chikankari works.
Jewellery is another item that you shouldn’t miss out from your shopping list. Lucknow has its own unique designs that are a reflection of the kind of jewellery worn during Nawabi era. Lucknowi Jadaau, jhumkaas, big danglers, nose pin, waistbands are favourite item of every girl’s jewellery collection.
Where to shop
Though Lucknow shopping area is scattered through Aminabad, Hazratganj, Janpath and Kapoorthala, a few shopping malls with the concept of one-stop-shop is attracting youngsters who now prefer modern branded clothes over traditional attires. For satisfactory jewellery shopping head towards Gadbadjhala, marked for its exquisite collections.
For electronics, software and hardware items Naza Market is the best place in Lucknow. Every latest gadget and its parts are available in Naza Bazaar.
If you are looking for boutique works go to Traditions by Priyanka Juneja. Her boutique offers some interesting piece chikan, zardozi and mukaish pieces. Also have a look at her beautifully embroidered chanderi, bandhani, velvet and brocade apparels.
Lucknow nawabs were extremely fond of “attar,” a type of perfume. To smell like the royals visit Sungandhco at Janpath Market. The shop is gutted with incense sticks, attar and herbal therapeutic oils that will brighten your mood instantly. Made from natural lavender, sandalwood, jasmine, musk, vanilla and marigold making these perfumes a popular choice for organic-loving people.
The Colour Caravan located as Sanatkada presents an interesting ensemble of traditional handicraft, ethnic wears, delicately crafted home furnishings, fashion accessories and other home utilities. Check out for the detailed embroidery in all the works and quirky designs. Also visit Kotwara house, Bharat Khamira Store and the Chowk area for more interesting and kitsch shops.