No wedding preparations are complete without shopping. In Lucknow, the place where people are Hindi speaking, there are many options of shopping for wedding clothes and jewelries. Traditional and contemporary shopping options are available in the city. The historic city is known for traditional arts and crafts. Opening of new malls and shopping complexes in the city has added to the variety of shopping. The old lanes of the city have treasure trove of souvenirs and knick-knacks. There is so much to shop in Lucknow for the various Hindi matrimony functions, happening over the course of few days.

The first thing, which is on every shopper’s list, is the famous Chikan work from the city. This work is associated with the city as long as the first Mughal rulers came to the city. According to historians, Nur Jehan, the wife of Jehangir, introduced this style of embroidery. This style of embroidery is basically worked with raw white thread and needle. This is handwork and different types of stitches like chain stitch, backstitch and hemstitch are added to give the fabric its unique look. This skilled work is done only in the Lucknow region. Saris, salwar-kurta sets and kurtis for women are common items available in Lucknow. Shopping for wedding gifting in a Hindi Matrimony, these clothing are perfect. For the men too, these are kurta and sherwani of this style of stitching. Kids’ frock and skirts are also available in this style of work. Apart from clothing items, chikan bed sheets, table linen and curtains are sold in the shops.

The city is also famous for ornaments and artificial jewelry. Lucknow has distinctive style of jewelry making and the shops in the old city sell some of the amazing pieces. Right from the smallest of nose pin to delicately crafted waistband, all kinds of jewelry is available for the bride. Brides going for Hindi matrimony rituals can check the colorful range of glass bangles available in the jewelry stores of Lucknow. The city is famous for Jadau jewelry, that have precious gemstones encrusted it ornaments. Jhumkas, a type of ear danglers, are famous in this city. Silver jhumkas or stone studded ones, these ear jewelry are common items of shopping in Lucknow. The Hindi Bride definitely buys a jhumka of the yellow metal.

The well-known places to shop in Lucknow are Kapoorthala, Aminabad, Hazratganj and Janpath. Hazratganj is the posh market where shops sell contemporary designs in clothing. The jewelry shops in the market are known for its exquisite gold and diamond jewelry. Shops retailing all the major brands are found in Hazratganj. For traditional stuff, markets of Kapoorthala and Aminabad offer variety. The goods here are reasonably priced. Shopping for jewelry in Lucknow, the market of Gadbadjhala is the place to be.

There are swanky malls are coming in the newer developed areas of Lucknow and has a collection of all the major brands in clothing, footwear and accessories. The malls in Sahara Ganj, Fun Republic and East End Mall are good places to shop for latest fashionable items.

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Shipra writes on behalf of Jeevansathi.com, which is among the fastest growing Matrimonial Sites of India. Jeevansathi.com helps the users to search corresponding matches from their respective community like Hindu Matrimonial, Agarwal Matrimony from their online matrimonial and matchmaking services.