Sakala is part of something larger and more important than just being a physical (and now virtual) shop – it helps to fund Helping Elsewhere, our charitable arm, with its Indian and Nepalese educational and development projects. The Sanskrit word ‘sakala’ means possessing all its component parts, complete, entire and whole and we think this matches our philosophy well.
Sakala is owned and run by Helen Hitchcock, an Indiaphile of the first order, helped by Megan Harries and a fantastic team. If Helen’s not to be found in the shadow of the West Sussex Downs, then she’s in India! But the Steyning store and this site just keep on running…
The physical shop is situated at 50 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3RD so, please, if you are in the area please pop in and see us. There are more details and a map on our contact page. Alternatively, our online shop is, well, here!
Well, Helping Elsewhere has been running since 2007 and we opened our shop (then known as The Gallery) in Steyning’s Cobblestone Walk back in 2012. Since then we’ve moved this shop around to bigger and better premises, and now our new home is in a prime position on Steyning High Street, close to the Post Office. Here we aim to stay as it is perfect!
We sell clothing, jewellery, homewares and gifts sourced from India, Nepal and around, and we aim to be as ethical as we can be!
That means travelling to Jaipur (such hardship!) to visit our clothing factories, knowing our jeweller and his family (definitely never a hardship!) in Goa, sidestepping to Pune and Kochi, and being introduced to marvellous organisations like the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan (showing us what overcoming hardship really means!).
We even get to go to Kathmandu to visit our three family-owned businesses there (and we are helping them pick their lives up after the 2015 earthquake).
Our range of jewellery now is greatly expanded and will soon be found on it’s own website, sakalajewels.co.uk!