If you are a fan of handmade clothing, home linen and handicrafts, then we bring to you a list of different state emporiums that have set shop in Lucknow. It’s quite wondrous to see the handicrafts and products from various states of India available right here in our city. Makes one say, Incredible India!
The Tamil Nadu Co-Operative Society known as Co-optex, is nestled between Natural’s Ice Cream parlour and Indian Coffee House on Ashok Marg, near Hazratganj Crossing. It stocks some of the finest Salem silk sarees apart from Coimbatore soft silk, Chinnalapatti tie & dye cotton silk sarees, 1000 butta saree and the evergreen Kanjivaram to name a few. Apart from that, there is a wide variety of south cotton handspun bedsheets and bedcovers also available. They run consumer-friendly schemes from time to time, where you can even pay in easy instalments!
Location: Shop number 82, Hazratganj
Timings: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
KASHMIR GOVERNMENT ARTS EMPORIUM
This emporium showcases the best of Kashmir, with its extensive display of carpets, shawls, wooden artefacts and paper-mache decoratives, woollen namda and floor coverings. Hand-knotted carpets come in various sizes and materials like wool-silk, silk and silicone-silk. Typical cross stitch patterns are also available in colourful thread work, which can be seen on tea-cosies, bed covers, cushion covers – makes regular home linen all the more prettier. Head to this emporium and get ready to spruce up your house for the upcoming winters.
Location: 70 MG Marg, Behind Hanuman Mandir, Hazratganj
Timings: 9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Here you can find weaves and crafts from artisans of Banaras, Meerut, Pillakuan, Gorakhpur and Lucknow itself. Popularly sold here are Banarasi silk sarees, which are made on handlooms and not power looms These are available in monga silk, cotton silk, pure silk and many other varieties. Chikankari kurtis are also available here. Apart from clothing options one can find diwan sets from Meerut for about Rs.1250-1700, bedsheets and bedcovers made in Gorakhpur from casement cotton in a price range of Rs.400-Rs.450
Location: Mayfair Building, Hazratganj
Timings:10:00 am to 8:00 pm
MAHATEX FABRIC STORE
Some of you may have seen the Maharashtra Emporium while having your chaat at Royal Cafe. A little run down in its upkeep and interiors, this emporium has a colourful collection of Maharashtran paithani sarees with peacock motifs and Nauvari cotton sarees in typical Maharashtrian checks. This saree gets its name from the style in which it is draped – tucked at the back. Must check out!
Location: Shop no.53-54, MG Marg, Next to Vero Moda, Hazratganj,
Timings : 9:30 am – 8:30 pm
A noteworthy collection of Gujarati apparel, artefacts and home textiles, Garvi Gurjari is a vibrant state emporium of Gujarat, setup here in Lucknow. Recently changed its location to Gomti Nagar, this emporium has Ajrakh fabrics, Bandhani dupattas and sarees, Sankheda furniture, intricately designed leather and copper bells, merchandise like folders and metal work mandirs. Kutchi footwear, vegetable dyed hand-block printed fabric is available in plenty at this emporium. Authentic Patola sarees from Rajkot and Sundernagar are available here in cotton and silk in pretty colours. Rogan wall paintings – a master painting piece from Nirona Village in Kutch can also be bought here. A special mention to the uncle who is state appointed to run this place. Not only is he a master salesman but also a genuine lover of crafts and knowledgeable of all forms of Gujarati traditions.
Location: Garvi Gurjari, 100 meters from Mithai Wala Chauraha
Timings: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
JOHAR JHARKHAND STATE EMPORIUM
Recently launched in Lucknow, this emporium is located on Dalibagh, and has a wide array of Khadi products designed to suit modern needs. From kurtis to Nehru jackets, stoles and other designer clothes, they have it all. Tussar Silk products, which are the specialty of Jharkhand, bamboo products and Dokra items are some of the other goods you can pick up here.
Location: Khadi Bhavan, 8 Tilak Marg, Dalibagh
Timings: 10.30 am to 8 pm