Like a smell of certain type of flower on the breeze, or a song on the radio that reminds us of another time in our lives, the handicrafts and embroidery of Uttar Pradesh garner a strong reaction from many Indians. Embedded as a culture and tradition within the nerves of U.P., the art and craft work of the state reflect the influence of the golden epoch India has gone through. Highly renowned all over the world, U.P. as handicraft hub stays on the vanguard in artefacts. The fine art mirrored in the handiworks is almost like conjuring spirits out of the air, using one’s own imaginative instability.
The finest chickankari and Zardozi work of Lucknow
Believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, the wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir, it is one of Lucknow’s best-known textile decoration styles. Chikankari, being a delicate and intricate shadow work type of embroidery, is a fine and intricate hand work done by various untwisted yarns on primarily transparent fabric. Its delicate patterns provide the garment with a unique and fresh summer look. Since a long time, it is being practised by women artisans in and around the state. To add elegance and royalty in your wardrobe, you must adorn it with the elite ethnic embellishment of zardozi and chikan embroidery.
The famed Banarasi silk sarees of Varanasi
Worn by nobility in various cultures, from India to Korea, the Banarsi brocade has been an embodiment of luxury and affluence since times immemorial. Banarasi sarees are often the saree of choice for women attending important events and are routinely included in a bride’s trousseau. Banarasi sarees are even regarded as heirlooms, being passed down from one generation to the next. The four main fabric varieties of Banarasi sarees- pure silk katan, organza with zari and silk kora, georgette, a sheer lightweight crepe fabric, and shattir, used in modernised Banarasi sarees are a lure to its lovers. In fact, the fondness of women expressed for Banarasi sarees undoubtedly whispers their belief in the notion-‘Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.’
The glassware of Firozabad
A gentle wind-chimey tinkle, when heard from the hands of Indian women, instantly reminds of their profound fondness for bangles. And Firozabad, being synonymous with the glassware, is a magnet to accessory-lovers. ‘Fashions fade, style is eternal’, chimes in the women lauding the winsomeness and charm of the glassware.
Firozabad with the changing time has entered into a new era of Glass Manufacturing. All sorts of glass articles, including jars, candle stands, glasses, flower vases, and electric wares such as decorative lights, bulbs and every other sort of glass articles, painted with vivid colours and innovative patterns, are prepared in this city. The city, thus, proposes a seamless terminus not only to beautify oneself but also adorn one’s range of décor.
Perfumes of Kannauj
Satiate your olfactory sensations with nostalgic scents!
India’s perfume capital, Kannauj has been guarding the secret of attar, the traditional Indian perfume, for centuries. Technically demarcated as a fragrant essential oil (often extracted from roses) attar is more than a smell. Kannauj perfumeries vaunt that attar made with sandalwood oil will never lose its scent and will outlive any chemical-based perfume. To dab on attar is to appreciate the genius of ancestors and unrivalled quality of natural botanicals. The magnificent fragrances and alluring scents tempt the people to immerse themselves in its heavenly intoxication enriching them with an unforgettable experience.
The Carpets of Bhadohi
Opulence entwined with elegance…is a feel one undergoes while wafting on a splendid carpet!
Extremely renowned as the “Carpet City,” Bhadohi is a home to the largest hand-knotted carpet weaving industry hub in South Asia. Boasting of grace and magnificence, the Carpets of Bhadohi embodies a mark of lavishness in themselves. Innovation and quality control are the two fundamental pillars of Bhadohi Carpets that attract the heed of the epicureans.
The Splendid Brassware of Moradabad
Highly celebrated as Pital Nagri (“Brass City”), Moradabad is one of the most vibrant places for Indian handicraft exporters. The city is globally acclaimed for its work in brassware manufacturing. Located on the banks of the river Ram Ganga, the city is also known for its skilled labour engaged in the making of modern artistic brass ware, jewellery and brass trophies. The metal brassware entailing the traditional vases, Ganeshas, laughing Buddhas, stools, trays and contemporary beautiful bowls are reflective of colour enamelling and intricate engraving. The Nataraja is the most striking article in the brassware to be gifted and kept as a decorative item.
The Leather work of Kanpur
The state of Uttar Pradesh is an important supply source for finished leather and leather products. The Tanneries in Kanpur are known all over the world for the finest quality leather tanned by them. India’s largest centre of buffalo-based leather and a city where the industry thrived, Kanpur is known for leather horse riding equipment, footwear (chappals and shoes), bags and purses. The manufacture of leather articles is carried out all over Rajasthan. Shoes made for rural use have a robust strength with bold patterns executed in very bright colours and heavy coarse stitches. So, buy leather items and add power to your personality!
The Blue Pottery of Khurja
Khurja, The Ceramics City, supplies a large portion of the ceramics and pottery used in the country. Khurja has evolved its own style in the earthenware. By adding colour to the dull and unattractive pottery, khurja gave a lease of life to it. The shades and the designs in contrast to its background can attract the attention of any person with the aesthetic sense. Ceramic products like stoneware crockery, sanitary ware, H.T. and L.T. Insulators, hospital ware, chemical-porcelain, electroceramics, kiln furniture, special ceramics, decorative wares, toys, figurines and bone china attract numerous visitors from India and abroad.
The Fine Inlay Work of Agra
“From Marble to Marvel”-that defines it all. Agra is known for its white marble Inlay factory and is a very popular art form in the world. One of the most attractive work of art that comes from marble is “Marble Inlay” work. It is the same work that adorns the Taj Mahal and other Mughal monuments. Royal crafts like Pietra Dura, practised since the Mughal era, is a magnet to many philocolists. A multitude of mosaics, mirror frames with lace like fringes, fretwork balustrades, bowls, garden furniture, etc. compels one to visit the place time and again.
Thus, from Lucknowi Chichankari to Banarasi sarees and Bhadohi carpets to Moradabadi brassware, the thrilling hands of the legendary artisans and the master craftsmen reflect the magic to turn the ravage into gold. Taking home the charm of golden hands is really a blissful experience.
Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.