Namaste - Thashi Delek (hello or greetings)
We purchase our goods from a family business in the birthplace of Buddha, Nepal. That business, and of course ourselves, stands behind the power of women, as our motto is to support as many women as possible in developing small "home-based businesses" where they can work in their own environment and with their own tools. The female artisans make only handmade, unique, ecologically friendly, but above all, fair products. We believe in fair trade, which is why we not only believe in better jobs and better products but also in a better standard of living for local Nepalese artisans. This way, we can ensure that their children can also go to school for a better future. Our mission is to share a glimpse of Nepalese and Tibetan arts and crafts with the rest of the world so that the gap between Nepal and the rest of the world is narrowed.
Our store is a reflection of who we are. Our products are not just products but a combination of love, passion, and aspiration. If we don't find a product beautiful ourselves, we don't sell it. We only have products that are attractive, interesting, visually stunning, and give a feeling of satisfaction.
Please continue to support our artisans, and don't hesitate to ask us any questions.
Dhanyabad! (thank you!)
Tibetan prayer flags are colored rectangular pieces of cloth, printed with prayers and mantras, and hung in strings on mountain passes, temples, and rocky points in the Himalayas. Prayer flags are only found in Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to originate from the ancient Bön religion, which was practiced in Tibet before the rise of Buddhism.
There are two types of prayer flags: more or less square lung ta (Tibetan for wind horse) flags, which are hung in strings, and vertical darchor flags.
The five colors represent the five elements. Blue represents "sky," white represents "wind," red represents "fire," green represents "water," and yellow represents "earth." At the same time, each color represents one of the five Dhyani Buddhas: blue for Akshobhya Buddha, white for Ratnasambhava Buddha, red for Amitabha Buddha, green for Amoghasiddhi Buddha, and yellow for Vairocana Buddha. The flags are usually hung in this order from left to right: blue, white, red, green, yellow.
The Sanskrit word "mala" means "garland." A mala is a prayer bead necklace used to count repetitions in Buddhist practices - prostrations, recitation of mantras, names of the Buddha. Sometimes it is just a reminder of mindfulness.
The traditional number of beads in a mala is 108. The beads themselves, made of various seeds, wood, and semi-precious stones, are worn around the neck or twisted around the wrist. The mala actually serves the same function as a rosary.
Pashmina is a general name for accessories made from a type of wool obtained from a special mountain goat that lives in high altitudes of the Himalayas in Asia. The name comes from Pashmineh, made from the Persian 'Pashm', which means 'fine wool'. The special goat fur has been used for thousands of years to make high-quality shawls, which also bear the same name. Cashmere shawls have been made in Kashmir and Nepal for thousands of years, but Indians never called it 'pashmina.' They were commonly called Kashmiri woolen shawls. The Pashmina is quite soft.
Pashmina is a native Nepalese word that only became popular after the so-called scarves, woven in Nepal, became popular in the West. What is often referred to as pashmina has its origin in Nepal where people recognize it as cultural heritage, hand weaving pashmina scarves with the famous fringes and hand-dyeing the scarves.
A thangka, also spelled t(h)an(g)ka, is a painted or embroidered Tibetan Buddhist banner that was originally hung in a monastery or above a family altar and carried during ceremonial processions by monks. The image is traditionally painted on cotton prepared with glue drawn from yak skin mixed with lime. Pigments with yak fat as a binder are used for painting. This paint is water-resistant and elastic after drying. Depending on the details and size, it takes between a month and a year and a half to draw a thangka (!).