Uttar Pradesh has a lot to offer to its visitors. From its grandeur of architectural marvels to the mouth watering cuisines, from the warm culture to its beautiful temples, Uttar Pradesh has so much to give to every traveller. Apart from these, most of the places are also quite popular for their special handicrafts.
Let us explore the different cities of Uttar Pradesh for their renowned crafts:
1. Chikankaari Embroidery (Lucknow).
Lakhnavi chikan work is the embroidery done on fine cloth with great finesse to give it an intricate grace and beauty. It is a belief that chikankaari was introduced by Begum Nur Jahan, wife of Mughal emperor Jehangir.
From wedding ensemble to daily wear, you can get clothes with different varieties of chikan embroidery in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow. Make sure you don’t forget take a few chikankaari clothes for your family on your next visit!
2. Silk Saris with Brocade Work (Varanasi).
The intricate brocade (or Zari) work in gold or silver on the finely woven silk Banarasi sari is one of its kind. Floral or leaf motifs are typical designs of Banarasi brocade work. It takes 15 to 30 days to finish a single sari depending upon its design. These saris are traditionally worn on special occasions like weddings along with the best jewellery.
Next time you are in Varanasi, get these beautiful saris for the ladies of the house and win major brownie points! Don’t forget to thank us!
3. Stone Craft (Agra).
If you have seen Taj Mahal, you must have admired the beautiful carvings on the marble. Artisans from Agra create extraordinary designs on stone till today.
You can acquire decorative statues, garden furniture or even windows made of stone with intricate designs on them.
4. Carpets (Bhadohi, Agra and Mirzapur).
The Mughal rule has left its mark on Uttar Pradesh. Agra is known for great artisanship on the finest materials since 16th century. The Persian designs are heavily reflected on the carpet weaving.
Bhadohi and Mirzapur constitute the biggest chunk of carpets weaving sector in India. Rich colours, tribal motifs and the Taj Mahal are uniquely depicted in their authentic patterns.
5. Art Metal Brassware (Moradabad).
In Moradabad city of Uttar Pradesh you can find art metal brassware with pretty interesting colours and engravings.
You can decorate your home with plenty of choices like idols of gods and goddesses, traditional vases, trays, stools and many other items.
6. Glassware (Firozabad).
If you are visiting Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh, then you cannot miss the colorful glass bangles on its streets.
Glassware is also available in other forms and colours like glass plates, glass toys, glass chandeliers , etc to adorn your abode with their craftsmanship.
7. Pottery (Meerut and Hapur).
Meerut and Hapur are known for their pottery. You can get artistically designed water containing pots called Surahis to keep water cool in summer time.
You can get flower pots, vases, piggy banks, biryani handi, dahi handi, diyas, tableware, etc in clay too.
8. Handcrafted Jewellery (Sambhal).
You can adorn yourself with eye catching handcrafted jewellery from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh. They are available in different varieties and can fit under your preferred category of daily wear, casual wear or party wear.
9. Wooden Furniture, Saharanpur.
Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh is quite famous for its wooden craftsmanship not only in India, but also in other parts of the world.
Get marvelously designed wooden furniture from here to decorate your home!
10. Leather Craft, Kanpur.
Kanpur the commercial capital of Uttar Pradesh is well known for its leather industry. You can get high quality leather products like bags, shoes, belts and many other items in Kanpur.