The Valley of Sandur
Once upon a time, it was known as Skandapuri…in honour of the temple dedicated to Skanda, or Kumaraswamy, that still stands today. Home to panthers, deer, chinkaras or Indian gazelles, peacocks and lush vegetation, it was a glimpse of paradise, set in one of the earth’s oldest rock formations. Today it is known as Sandur, which in Kannada means “town between hills”. It is an appropriate name for an area that is defined by a valley surrounded by hills, with two natural gorges on each side. The land continues to be rich in forests, flora, fauna and deposits of iron and manganese ore. Sandur has weathered time well enough for Mahatma Gandhi to have described it as an oasis, when he visited in 1934. Its population includes people who have had their roots in its soil for many, many generations…and those who came as nomads, and then decided to stay.
Certifications and Awards
- Geographical Indication No.134 registration dated: 09/09/2008 as “Sandur Lambani Embroidery”
- Craftmark certification from the All India Artisans and Craftworkers Association, New Delhi (AIACA).
- Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts Products in South Asia, 2004 & 2012, by UNESCO-CCI.
- National Award from President of India, 2002, for Banjara Embroidery Wall-hanging by Smt. Shanta Bai Kallahalli.
- Craft Council of India – Kamala Devi Award for contribution to the crafts field to (2014) Smt. Shanta Bai Kallahalli
- National Excellence Award from Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (KVIC), 2004, for Banjara Embroidery by Smt. Gowri Bai Ambu.
- Karnataka State Award, 2004, for Banjara Embroidery by Smt. Sithavva.
- National Merit Certificate 2013 from Ministry of Textiles, GoI, New Delhi for Banjara Wall-hanging by Smt. Ghamani Bai
- Crafts Council of India, Chennai.
- Crafts Council of Karnataka, Bengaluru.
- Dastkar—A Society for Crafts and Craftspeople, New Delhi.
- Aid to Artisans, USA.
- Trade Craft, UK.
- Asian Heritage Foundation, New Delhi.
- Fair Trade Forum – India, New Delhi
- All India Artisans and Craftworkers Association (AIACA), New Delhi
- A Hundred Hands, Bengaluru
- KSHDC Ltd. (Cauvery), Government of Karnataka, Bengaluru
- DC Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, New Delhi
- KVIC, Mumbai
- KVIB, Bengaluru
- NABARD, Bengaluru
- Central Silk Board, Bengaluru
- Silk Mark of India, Bengaluru
- Central Silk Technological Research Institute, Dharwad