Basket Weave Bone Mala Bracelet with Copal bead

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Why Us

Details

  • Reminder of Impermanence
  • Non-irritable elastic String
  • Beads are 10 millimeters

This mala bracelet is made of water buffalo bone1 and represents the concept of impermanence2. The beads are hand carved and painted so every bracelet is unique and slight variations are in no way a defect. The string is a durable silicone coated cord and allows for stretching and pulling without breaking. 

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Free Shipping and Returns ( Simply pay return postage ). Usually, arrives within the week.


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1. Water Buffalo Bone

Tibetan nomadic life is hard, and in the cold, there is little to eat. Water buffalo is a main staple of the Tibetan diet and when an animal is used for food nothing is wasted. 

2. Impermanence

Bone jewelry is usually worn to remind yourself of the impermanence of life. In Buddhism, it is believed that attachment is the root of suffering. And since nothing in life is permanent, being aware of the fact will reduce suffering.

How we directly support the locals

Since 1980 Karma and Zumki Lama have brought thousands of items made from Tibetan Refugees living in Nepal and India. As Tibetan refugees themselves, they were shocked by how much people in America loved our culture and our craftsmanship. After selling for a while, they decided to bring the wealth back home and support the struggling communities and artisans. We only buy directly from the local artisans and make sure there is no middle man to take away their hard earned money. We make sure to visit Nepal and India at least twice a year and always find new items and artists to work with. Over the years we have developed strong bonds with the artisans and always make sure to keep in touch and see that their life improves under our support. 

How we have grown

Due to your support and our continued success, we have expanded beyond just Nepal and India and now source our products ethically, from mainly Southeast Asia. (Thailand, Bali) We have expanded our collection due to the repeated requests of our customers asking for more and more culturally diverse products, and have made some new friends along the way. 

With your support

You can directly impact the local artisans by visiting either Nepal and India and experiencing the rich and vibrant culture. Many small independent businesses fail due to the changing times, and this, in turn, affects the local artisans in small villages in Southeast Asia creating a domino effect. With your support, we can continue supporting our friends from Southeast Asia and continually grow to impact their lives in a positive fashion. 

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