- Reminder of Impermanence
- Sturdy Nylon String
- Adjustable bracelet
- White bracelet is 10 millimeters; Red and Black are 8 millimeters
- Inlaid Turquoise and Coral
This adjustable wrist mala is made of water buffalo bone1 and represents the concept of impermanence2. The beads are dyed different colors to represent the seven chakras3 inlaid with coral, turquoise, brass, and copper. It consists of 25 beads and a larger guru bead4. The string is a strong nylon cord and allows for stretching and pulling without breaking. The white bracelet consists of beads that are 10 millimeters and the red and black are 8 millimeters. Some of the beads are also inlaid with Turquoise5 and Red Coral6, while the others have copper strands in them.
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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.
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.
3. Seven Chakra
The seven chakra stones balance and realign a person's chakras, and allows the person to feel more positive. Each chakra stone absorbs their respective negative energy and replaces it with to positive energy characteristic to the corresponding gemstone. These gemstones have been used for beauty, healing, and protection in ancient times, and this bracelet cleanses, balances, and strengthens the body's seven chakras
4. Guru Bead
There is also a head bead, one that is larger than the others, and it is often called a “guru bead.” Some believe that this bead has a special significance, as representing one’s guru, for example, but very practically, this bead is the starting point for the mantras and is not counted among the 108 total.
Stabilized Turquoise is a valued power stone. It will strengthen and align all of the Chakras; and it can be used to cleanse your energy centers. As a meditation tool, the gem can assist in clearing your mind, opening you to the Universal All. Use Turquoise to attune to the spiritual plane or provide protection during vision quests or astral travel.
6. Red Coral
Coral is considered auspicious and is worn in the necklace by almost all the women of Kumaon and among the Tibetans as well. Red Coral is a fossil coral meaning it's the remains of old coral and has been dyed red. The ones being traded are the traditional ones Tibetans wear traditionally. It is believed to be advantageous to one's health and protects from the danger of widowhood, as well as bringing good luck or good fortune to the house. Coral also quiets the emotions and brings peace and harmony to the surroundings.
Red is related to life force and preservation. The Buddha Amitabha is depicted with a red body in Tibetan art. The part of the body associated with this color is the tongue. Fire is the natural element complementary to the color red. In Buddhism, meditating on the color red transforms the delusion of attachment into the wisdom of discernment.
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.