Get summery prints from Agarwal & Co., Chowk

There is a designer lurking somewhere inside all of us and what better way to bring it out than by designing our clothes. Here is our round-up of the best stores to buy fabrics and dress materials in Lucknow for your simple, day-wear or dressy, evening wear.

Come summer and this shop witnesses throngs of people visiting it for breezy, export quality summer fabrics. They have a wide collection of pure cotton and cotton blends. We love their floral prints – perfect to make a summer dress. They also have some lovely prints for children’s night suits. And the best part of it all, most of the fabrics have a width of 90″, which is great for making cotton bedsheets.
Price Range: Rs. 150 per metre onwards
Location: Gol Darwaza, Chowk

Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A store for all the fashionistas of the city, this is a designer’s paradise. From pure silks and pure cottons to plain slubs, printed cottons, tartan, to georgettes, crepes and chiffons – they have it all. They also house surface manipulated chanderi and tissue fabrics for making formal evening wear dresses. Then they also have a counter dedicated to colourful dupattas in rich brocades and khaddi fabrics. Pre-embroidered, micro-pleats, gota work – you can spend hours sorting and sifting through their range of fabrics.
Price range: Rs. 70 per metre onwards
Location: 27/1/B, Gokhle Marg
Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Novelty Cloth Centre, Aminabad

Have a wedding in the family and want a traditional outfit? Head to Novelty, one of the oldest shops in the city for fabrics and dress materials. They have a wide choice in Indian formal wear fabrics with all kinds of party fabrics available – with embroidery, sequins, lace, gotapatti, zardozi etc. But we absolutely love the collection of gharara fabrics. From subtle summer tones like mauves and lilacs to brighter ones like corals and peaches, the fabrics themselves are simply gorgeous! And hey, they also undertake tailoring orders to stitch you the perfect gharara!
Price Range: Rs. 3500 onwards for a gharara
Location:133/16, Nazirabad, Aminabad 
Timings: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Lastly, this decades old shop in the basement of the famous Janpath market has one of the funnest collection of prints. They have cool summer prints with white base, self-printed fabrics, embossed fabric, monotones and much more. They also have a few fabrics with funky prints like cycle, birds, shapes etc. on them. 
Price Range: Rs. 100 per metre onwards
Location: Shop No. 28, Janpath Market Basement, Hazratganj
 Timings: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Saumya Tewari is a textile designer. She’s the owner of Saumya’s Home, Lucknow – a store of home furnishings in chikan work and hand embroideries