Andra Pradesh

Andra Pradesh is the 4th largest state of India, and lies on the Eastern coast. This state is often referred to as the rice bowl of India. A.P. is known for its spicy food, excellent chutneys, classical dance, beaches, kalamkari fabrics and IT (when you call tech support, you're probably calling Hyderabad!)  

Arunachal Pradesh

The state farthest east, Arunachal Pradesh is also known as the "land of dawn-lit mountains". China claims part of this state as South Tibet. This state is the most linguistically diverse in Asia with at least 50 distinct languages spoken within its borders. The state is also known for its abundant wildlife.  


Known as "the land of the red river and blue hills", Assam is the gateway to the northeastern part of India. Assam is famous for its natural beauty, tea, silk and wide biodiversity. Assam is home to many endangered species including 2/3 of the population of one horned rhinos. Assam is best known for their cane and bamboo crafts as well as their brass work.  


Bihar is the 12th largest state in India and sits in the northeast. Bihar is where Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment 2,500 years ago. Bihar also has 40% of India's mineral wealth and is the country's largest producer of coal. Bihar is widely known for their Madhubani school of painting which is mainly done by the women of Mithali. The paintings are recognizable by their eye catching colors and geometric patterns. 



Chhattisgarh is the newest state in India. It was formed in 2000 in central India. Agriculture and steel are the biggest contributors to the state's economy. Chhattisgarh is known for their fabrics, especially Kosa silk, and "lost wax art" (usually in brass).  


Delhi is India's massive capital, if you can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist. Products you will find in our store from Delhi:
Fashion Jewelry
Dilli Haat
Sunshine Project
Cotton Kurtis
Wall Hangings
Embroidered wall hangings
Tabletop decor
Stuffed Toys


Goa sits on the west coast of India and is the smallest state. Goa was a Portuguese colony for 450 years. Goa is known for its laid back culture, sun-kissed beaches, Gothic churches and rocking nightlife. Goa is widely known for their food, classical dances and, of course, Goa Trance.  


Gujarat lies in the west of India and is the only home to Asiatic Lion. Gujarat is the largest Indian producer of cotton, tobacco and ground nuts. Gujarat has a rich tradition of high quality weaving, unique Kutch embroidery and tie-dye fabrics.  


Haryana is a landlocked state in northern India. It surrounds Delhi on three sides. Haryana is the birthplace of Hinduism. Haryana is famous for its wheat and milk production and is India's largest manufacturer of cars, motor bikes and tractors.  

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh means "in the lap of the Himalayas" and it's often referred to as "the land of the Gods". Himachal Pradesh is famous for its apples and its rich tradition of handicrafts including pashmina shawls, carpets, silver work, horsehair bangles and Kangra and Gompa style paintings.  

Jammu and Kashmir

The northernmost state in India, Jammu and Kashmir sits between Pakistan and China. The Ladakh region is known as "Little Tibet". Kashmir has many traditional crafts including hand knotted carpets, embroidery, cashmere, papier-mache, and walnut wood carvings. The MESH charity provides products from Kashmir, including the papier mache laquer boxes and trinkets.  


Jharkhand was part of Bihar until it was made its own state in 2000. Jharkhand means "the land of forests". Jharkhand produces almost all of India's copper, and is known for its woodwork, bamboo work, pitkar paintings, tribal ornaments and stone carvings.  


In southwest India, Karnataka has been home to some of the most powerful empires of ancient and medieval India. Now it is the IT and biotechnology leader of India. Karnataka is famous for its silk and sandalwood, rosewood and teak wood.  


Kerala is located on the Malabar Coast of southwest India. Kerala has the highest literacy rate in India and is the top tourist destination in the country. It is famous for its spices, Kathakali dancing and Ayurveda medicine.  

Madya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is often referred to as "the heart of India" due to its central location, vast national parks and its many UNESCO Heritage sites. The state has the highest tribal population. Tribal craftsmen excel in many crafts especially metalwork.  


Maharashtra is in the western part of India. It is the 3rd largest state with the second largest population due in part to the city of Mumbai. Maharashtra is home to one of the largest film industries in the world - Bollywood. Mumbai is also considered the commercial capital of India. Products you will find in our store from Maharashtra:
Embroidered Purses
Semi-precious jewelry


Manipur, meaning "jeweled land" is a state in northeastern India bordering Burma. Manipur boasts an exotic landscape with gently undulating hills, emerald green valleys, blue lakes and dense forests. Manipur is known as the "Switzerland if India". Manipur is famous for the local theater and dance.  


Meghalaya is a hilly strip in northeastern India. The name means "abode of clouds" and the capital, Shillong, is also know as the "Scotland of the East". The forests of Meghalaya are notable for their biodiversity of mammals, birds, and plants. One of the unique features of Meghalaya is that a majority of the tribal population in the state follows a matrilineal system where lineage and inheritance are traced through the women.  


Mizoram, meaning "Land of the Hill People", is located in northeast India. The early Mizos were close to nature and music is still an essential part of cultural life. Traditional tunes are very soft and gentle with locals claiming that they can be sung all night without the slightest fatigue. According to the 2011 census report, Mizoram is the only state without a homeless population. It also has the second highest literacy rate in India at almost 92%.  


Nagaland is in the far northeastern part of India. It is mostly mountainous and has one of the smallest populations in India. There are 16 main tribes in Nagaland. Tribe and clan traditions play an important part in the life of the Nagas. Each tribe has its own unique designs and colors, producing shawls, shoulder bags, decorative spears, table mats and wood carvings. Among many tribes the design of the shawl denotes the social status of the wearer.  


Orissa is the 9th largest state in India and is located on the east coast by the Bay of Bengal. The state is known as the "Soul of India". Orissa is a treasure trove of intricately carved monuments and temples, robust wildlife, pure white beaches and intriguing tribal country. Orissa is well known for its handicrafts such as applique work, metallurgy, silver filigree, and stone and wood carvings. Our horn bowls and brass work are crafted in Orissa! Products you will find in our store from Orissa:
Silk Scarf
Tribal Jewelry
Wall Art


Punjab, "Land of the Five Rivers", is in northwest India. It is the only state in India with a majority Sikh population. Agriculture is the largest industry in Punjab; it is the largest single provider of wheat to India. Punjab is where the dance form Bhangra originated.  


Rajasthan is the largest state in India by size. It is located in the northwest of India. Rajasthan encompasses most of the Great Indian Desert. Rajasthan is famous for its forts, intricately carved temples, and decorated havelis which were built by the Rajiput kings in pre-muslim era Rajasthan. Traditional handicraft items from this state (which we carry at Sankara) include block printed fabrics, blue pottery, silver jewelry, Zari embroidery, miniature paintings, camel bone necklaces and carved stone. Products you will find in our store from Rajasthan:
Blue Pottery
Sterling Silver
Block Print linens
Paper products
Block Print Kurti
Maxi Skirts
Kantha Quilts and Cushions
Block Print blocks


Sikkim, the "Goodly Religion", is a landlocked state located in the Himalayan mountains. Sikkim is the least populous, and second smallest state in India. Sikkim is the only state in India with an ethnic Nepali majority. Sikkim has the third highest mountain in the world, Mt Khangchendzonga. The state animal is the Red Panda.  

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. It has been the home of the Tamil people for at least 2500 years. Tamil Nadu is known for its rich tradition of literature, music and dance. Unique cultural features such as the Bharatanatyam dance and Tanjore painting were developed and continue to be practiced today in Tamil Nadu. Most of the leather goods in India begin in Tamil Nadu as the state has 70% of the leather tanning facilities.  


Tripura, the 3rd smallest state, is a landlocked state in the northeast of India. Tripura, which is surrounded on three sides by Bangladesh, is connected to the rest of India by one major road; which is often blocked by landslides. Dance and music are extremely important to the tribal peoples of Tripura.  


Uttaranchal is now known as Uttarkhand as of 2007. It is located in the north of India bordering Nepal and China. Uttarkhand has a long tradition of literature and dance. The region is also known for their beautiful and intricate wood carvings, especially doors, shutters and ceilings which they use to decorate their homes and temples. Uttarkhand also produces gold jewelry, baskets, and woolen scarves, shawls, and rugs.  

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is located in the north of India and is the most populous state. If U.P. were its own country, it would be the world's fifth most populous country. The Taj Mahal and Varanasi, considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world, lie within Uttar Pradesh. UP is known for their marble work (Pietra Dura), glass bangles, pottery, perfume, embroidery (Chikan), and woodwork. Uttar Pradesh has provided Sankara Imports with the following: hand woven baskets, Kurtas (indian tops) with Chikan embroidery, carved wooden boxes, and shawls. Products you will find in our store from Uttar Pradesh:
Chikkan Embroidery
Coin Purses
Silk Scarves
Silk Home Decor
Buffalo Horn
Wood Carvings
Soapstone Carvings
Clay Pottery

West Bengal

West Bengal is in the eastern part of India. The capital city is Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Kolkata is described as the cultural capital of India with it's heritage of dance, literature, music and film. West Bengal is notable for its collective love of soccer as well as the general love of cricket. Products you will find in our store from West Bengal:
Embroidered Hand Bags
Embroidered Kurtis
Trinket Boxes


Nepal is most known for its proximity to the world's most rugged mountains. Their textiles and crafts are beautiful and hardy. Products you will find in our store from Nepal:
Felt Purses
Cotton tops, scarves, skirts
Yak Wool Shawls
Brass Jewelry
Felt Accessories
Resin Figurines
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