Rows of shops outside Choti Imam Bara: Low end Chikan work shopping
What to buy: Chikan work kurtas, shirts, saris, bedspreads, dress materials -- for men and women and children!
What to pay: You might be advised to bargain, however if you come to understand the number of hours spent on making such embroidery, I think you will gladly give the amount asked. They are in any case not so expensive.
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It can be found all over Lucknow: Cane trays!
All over Lucknow in small shops you will find a variety of baskets. They are used to store vegetables, grains etc. But what I really found fascinating were the cane trays that are used to clean and sort rice and other grains. These are called "soup" in the local language. They make do for novel serving trays.
What to pay: Rs 60 per piece
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Sewa shops all over Lucknow: You can wear "chikan"!!
Sewa is an organization that helps self employed women at the same time promotes the local craft. Chikan work is a special kind of embroidery that is done locally on clothes, dresses, fabrics and saris. You can get kurtas, shirts and dresses for men, women and children, You could also get bedspreads, tea cozies, hand bags, table cloth etc.
What to buy: Sewa products are a bit up market but the quality is much better than the rest too.
What to pay: About 1500 upwards for a good kurta, Rs. 2000 upwards for a sari, Rs. 650 for purses
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Rows of shops outside the Bada Imam Barah entrance: Marble hair clips!!, earrings and other knic knacs
You will find inexpensive but lovely gifts to buy in the rows of shops in the inner entrance of the bada Imam barah. I found some useful hair clips and hair pins made of marble. They are easy to carry gifts back home.
What to buy: Hair clips and earrings made of marble, boxes made of cow horns, marbles etc., pens and trinket boxes made of marble and granite.
What to pay: Rs. 10 for the hair pins, Rs. 20 for the hair clips, Rs. 10 for the earrings.
Chikan Factories: A Shoppers paradise
Lucknow is famous for its Chikan factories. You can be in "Chowk" and will find a lot of shops with Chikan shirts, sarees, salwar suits at very reasonable rates. Depending on quality a shirt may cost you INR 100 to INR 2000. Sarees may cost from INR 250 to INR 5000.
Alternatively you may also find Chikan shops in Hazratgunj market and Janpath, but they are relatively costly.
Sewa Chikan Industries: Chikan fantasies
The shop is located in the famous Ameenabaugh area and is a wholesale shop for Chikan clothing. The sheer variety offered by the shop is mind boggling and it will be difficult to choose what to buy and what not to buy as everything will seem equally fascinating. The shop is a part of a small scale industries setup and it being a wholesale shop, the prices are quite reasonable.
What to buy: Chikan, chikan, chikan. The loveliest work on sarees, kurtis, kurtas, dress materials.
What to pay: From 30 - 50 USD on a lovely saree. The range can go way up depending on the fabric and the extent of embroidery
About 30 - 40 USD on kurtis with extensive embroidery
About 10-15 USD on simpler kurtis with less embroidery
About 10 -15 USD on men's kurtas
Sahara Ganj: the new mall in town...
Among Lucknows new attractions, Sahara ganj is a swanky shopping mall with all your usual `hangout' excuses, from a Pvr cinemas multiplex, to fast food restaurants and some branded apparel stores.
The restaurants- mostly takeaway counters, are on the 4th floor.
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Seva, Chikan stores in chowk and Janpath &Tandons: Perfect Place for shopping freaks!
These are shops were you get all Lucknow embroidered stuff, world reknowned. Summer Wear stuff.
What to buy: Well you can buy clothes for kids, men and women.
It's speciality of this place, this particular work is only found in Lucknow.
What to pay: Hmm.. It's better you go shopping with a local guide, because it's for sure tourist are robbed.
You can compare the prices and then shop at a retail shop, chowk I suppose is still better and affordable.
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