Sankara’s Toy Box

Sankara’s Toy Box

    In honor of our anniversary month, we are featuring one of our favorite items in the shop – our handcrafted stuffed toys! The stuffed toys we feature in our shop are created by our artisan friends at both MESH in India and Nahil Dukkan in Turkey. MESH, or...
Lost Wax Casting – Brass

Lost Wax Casting – Brass

     The lost wax method of brass casting can be traced back in India over 6,000 years to the Indus Valley Civilization. The technique can create finely detailed pieces, and as the mold for each piece is destroyed in the process, each piece is one of a kind!      To...
Ikat Weaving

Ikat Weaving

     Ikat is a traditional weaving technique which can trace its roots back to prehistory. With ikat, the threads are dyed before the weaving, only revealing the design if the loom is set up correctly. In most parts of the world, only the warp or the weft is dyed to...
Nazar Boncuğu (Evil Eye)

Nazar Boncuğu (Evil Eye)

       The Nazar Boncuğu, or evil eye, is a Turkish tradition dating back over 3,000 years. Evil eyes are used as protection against bad intentions, bad luck, and jealousy. As a legacy of the former Ottoman Empire, the Nazar are common not only throughout Turkey, but...
Pattachitra Painting

Pattachitra Painting

   Pattachitra painting is an ancient tradition still in practice in Eastern India, particularly Odisha and Bengal. Pattachitra literally translates to “canvas picture”. The art can trace its roots back over a thousand years with murals from the 5th...
Bhaktapur Pottery

Bhaktapur Pottery

     We are in love with our line of pottery from Bhaktapur! While we have often carried small pieces of pottery from Bhaktapur, including incense burners, figurines, wall plaques, etc., it took some searching to find the right mugs and bowls to bring into the shop....

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