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.
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.
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.
I purchased a Red Bone Mala with a large guru bead as pictured on site. The large guru bead pictured was not available, I received an email asking if I was open to a different guru bead, I responded yes to email as long as I could return the mala if I wasn't satisfied. Within minutes I received an email with an image of Mala that I would be receiving, it was exquisite. That image and quick response made me a loyal customer, I will be purchasing another mala this week for a family member and have shared my experience and your website with others. Also, the craftsmanship in this handmad Mala is truly one of a kind and I can tell care was taken in the packaging and shipping. Thank you so much for bringing peace through your products.