& Scissors
A pair 
of silver tode or anklets

 Zardozi motifs on duppattas

 Pearl & Ruby GulubandThe gem-studded Chapka is used to 
adorn the hair along one side of the headbeside the partingKundan 
Workmanship using precious stones set in Gold

exquisite Tika (ornament for the forehaed)


For centuries   Lucknow has been   famous for its various handicraft   works. The Nawabs of Awadh were   great patrons of fine arts of which the   most well   known is the exquisite Chikan work.  Chikan is a unique craft involving   delicate and artistic hand embroidery   In a variety of textile fabric like   muslin, siIk, chiffon, organza, doriya   and organdi. There are 36 types of stitches used in chikan work. of which  murri, bakhia, ,jali, tepchi, tappa, dhum,   katao are widely used to produce   exquisite designs. Lucknow has  produced many renowned artisans of   chikan work like Ustad Faiyaaz Khan   and Hasan Mirza Saheb   .
Apart from kurtas. sarees. salwar   suits, topis, hankeys and dupattas,   chikan embroidery is being used on   new items I ike table covers, tray   covers, napkins etc. The demand for   these exquisite art pieces is ever increasing both in India and abroad.   In Lucknow the main concentration   of chikan work is to be found in the chowk locality and Daliganj.  Besides chikan work the Zardozi and Kamdani works of Lucknow are also  appreciated far and wide.
These hand embroidery works with gold and silver thread are done on sarees, dupattas, lehengas, cholis, caps, shoes etc.  From time immemorial Lucknow is known for its jewellery and enamelling work.
                                                 Zardosi or 
gold embroidery on silk fabric
Exquisite silverwares like bowls, tea-sets, salt cellars with patterns of hunting scenes, snakes and roses are very   popular. The Bidri and Zarbuland silver works of Lucknow
                                                An exquisite 
silver paan-daan(Container in which the betel nut, tobacco, etc. were 
kept), Khaas-daans(containers for the prepared paans), a heart-shaped 
naagar-daan(container in which the betel leaves were kept) and a 
find expression on excellent pieces of huqqa farshi, jewel boxes, trays, bowls, cuff-Iinks, cigarette holders, etc.  Life -like ivory and bone carvings from Lucknow with motifs of flowers, leaves, creepers, trees, birds and animals are widely appreciated. The master craftsmen create intricate items like knives, lamp shades, shirt pins and small toys. In fact the ivory works from this city   continue to find a place at museums   and  private   collections   of   connoisseurs   Fine pottery from Lucknow is yet   another work of art that has captured   the imagination of the consumers. The   long necked water pitchers and   huqqa farshi are specially popular.   'Attar'('Itr') or perfumes which were   introduced in India by the Muslims,   reached a new hight in Lucknow.  From the 19th century the Lucknow  perfumers experimented   and   succeeded in making attar with   del icate and lasting fragrances   Created from various aromatic   herbs, spices, sandal oil, musk   essence of flowers, and leaves the   famous Lucknowi fragrances are   khus, keora, chameli, zafran and   agar   Apart from perfumes, Lucknowi   Paan, Zarda (chewing  tobacco), and Khamira produced by the local   tobacconists are hot favourites   among consumers.   Another craft that has reached a   high level of artistry in Lucknow is   Kite making. Although Kite making   is popular throughout India, this activity   has attained perfection only in Lucknow. Under Nawabi patronage   this form of art flourished in Lucknow   and different types of Kites and flying   strings were developed.   Besides these well known craft works,   mention must be made to some other   flourishing crafts like gota weaving,   dyeing and calico printing, silver   varq making, woodworks and tazia   making. Beautiful tazias of zari, gold   and silver paper are made by master craftsmen to mark the solemn   occasion of Moharrum. All in all, with these multiferious craft   specialities Lucknow promises to be   a shoppers' delight that's hard to   resist. In their own distinctive wav   these   crafts   have   provided   employment to thousands, delighted   many more and continues to keep   alive the invaluable traditions of a   magnificent city    
Kamdani motif on Duppattas