Sankara Imports, formerly located in Country Village, has moved to Bothell’s Main Street at 10130-B Main Street, Bothell, WA 98011! Though they have been in Bothell for four years, the owners, Katrina and Francesca, are looking forward to being active members of the real Bothell community now that they have relocated. They also look forward to sharing their love of India, art, and adventure with their new neighbors in Downtown Bothell. They are located beneath the Bothell Jewellers; so keep an eye out for the red elephants and the purple stairs!
Sankara Imports carries a wide range of handicrafts imported mainly from India and Nepal. The range includes clothing, jewelry, scarves, home décor, and a variety of other unique, one of a kind gifts and treasures. Katrina and Francesca take turns traveling throughout India in search of the best handicrafts of each diverse region. They work directly with the individual artisans in order to assure ethical working conditions, fair prices, and maintain the best quality of items for the shop. They also buy from a variety of charity organizations which focus on handicrafts as employment, skills training, and/or education. In order to help where they can in the face of widespread poverty, Francesca and Katrina work with this growing network of charity organizations throughout India (check out Sankara Imports Facebook page). Sankara Imports donates 5% of all sales every month to a rotating roster of their charity partners. They also return 5% of the sales of items produced by charities back to that charity in order to help fund their work. While it is only a drop in the bucket, the money that Sankara Imports raises can make an incredible amount of difference in India for the small groups they support.
Sankara is also branching out and beginning to expand their offerings by working with their favorite artisans to create things exclusive to their shop. They have a limited range of tops in sizes from S to XXL as well as a range of bags. The tops are made from hand blockprinted organic cotton and are stitched by the tailors at Sunshine Project, one of their favorite charities, mixing traditional techniques with a modern twist. A selection of the tops have also been embellished by Salma, an Afghani refugee in Delhi, and Shahana, a Chikkan embroiderer in Lucknow. While Katrina and Francesca love the traditional handicrafts, they also enjoy working with the artists to bring traditional techniques into the modern age for markets both in India and around the world. This summer they are also going to begin offering small, intimate tours around India. Contact Katrina in the shop or via email for more details. With a new home-base on Main Street, and with the amazing welcome and support they’ve already received, Sankara Imports is excited to share their adventures with you!
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