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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Where can I find chikan embroidery in Lucknow?

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Widely known in the fashion world as a delicate work of art, chikankari traces back its roots to this nawabi city. Revived by the Mughal queen Noor Jahan, chikankari is the pride of this lovely city. From small shops hidden in tiny corners of narrow streets to glitzy showrooms in malls, chikankari is an intricate part of Lucknow’s history and vibrant present.
If you visit this beautiful city and don’t take back bundles of chikankari work, you are certainly missing out on something.
Here is a look at some of the places where you can find the famous Lucknowi Chikankari.


  • Chowk

    The bustling market in Lucknow is quite simply known as the Chowk. Buzzing with people at all hours of the day, Chowk is the place where you’ll find some splendid chikan embroidery. Lined with numerous shops, this little market is a shopper’s paradise. From kurtas to saris intricately woven with this delicate embroidery, you’ll be thoroughly spoilt for choice.
    With prices higher for tourists, bargaining may seem like a wise option. Crowded with numerous shops, it is also advisable to browse through at least 5 to 6 shops before you make your purchase.


  • Hazratganj

    One of the poshest markets in Lucknow, Hazratganj has its own charm. The myriad showrooms in Hazratganj offer you some of the most beautiful chikan works in all of Lucknow. From kurtas, sarees and kurtis for women to shirts and kurtas for kids, this market has everything you may need. With the growth in demand for this beautiful embroidery, the variety of colours and fabrics now available will surprise you. Available in pastel colours of sky blue, green, lemon, pink and orange, the embroidery is available on materials like silk along with georgette, chiffon and good old cotton.
    Janpath market in Hazratganj is especially known for chikan embroidery. The small market is away from the maddening rush but offers lovely options.


Besides these two popular markets, you could head to Aminabad for some more shopping. With umpteen shops, you are bound to find some hidden delights in the big market. Pack light and save some space for those extra large shopping bags for Lucknow is about to enthrall and surprise you.

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