The 'Ebb and Flow' Eco MalaChant Malas
This mala is dedicated to your allowing the tides of your life to flow with grace and ease and to the knowledge that what comes will go, what ebbs will flow.
£5 from the sale of this mala will go to Surfers against Sewage, UK, an UK charity that works to improve the health of our oceans, in the UK and abroad, organising beach cleans and education. Please go to their website www.sas.org.uk to find out more about their incredible work.
A Little about your Mala
Ceramic pendant: The stunning soft blue ceramic pendant was created especially for Chant by Jill at Kiln Fired Art (find her on Etsy), in Carlisle, UK. Jill is passionate about making ceramics for the home, as well as ceramic beads, pendants and components for jewellery makers. She recycles wine bottles into glass dishes and cheese boards too. Jill works in her garden workshop, creating her stunning work surrounded by nature.
Recycled Glass beads (guru and markers on the side: These fair trade recycled glass beads are made by members of the Krobo Tribe which is located in Ghana, Africa. These African beads are created by compressing glass into a dry grain, and heating the grain so that the pieces form together. The recycled glass is rushed into a porcelain cast. The stem of a cassava leaf is used to make the hole. It is baked in a furnace causing the glass to melt together and cassava stem to burn. This technique has been used in Africa for centuries to make recycled glass beads.
Rudraksha Seeds: The bead of Rudraksha has Ayurvedic qualities and its bark leaves and outer shell of the beads all are used to cure various ailments like mental disorders, headache, fever, skin diseases, and also to heal the wounds. Wearing and worshipping Rudraksha is beneficial to the nervous system, it controls blood pressure, paves towards mental stability, removal of stress and helps one to retain a healthy body. These seeds are sustainably-sourced and a portion of the money spent on these go straight to support the widows of Vrindavan, India.
Recycled white paper beads: Hand rolled from strips of recycled paper in the village of Ndejje, Uganda by women’s cooperative, Mzuribeads. Lightweight and coated with varnish for a water resistant and glossy finish. Colours of the beads are all dependent on the specific paper collected. Mzuribeads is one of the many inspirational projects moving away from charitable aid, and onto the concept of business enterprise for sustainable income and development. Mzuri are Uganda’s first and leading ethical loose bead company. The cooperative of women live in the village of Ndejje, Uganda. It is here that the four Ugandan women who founded the company, also live and lead the organisation.
Coconut separator beads (between the recycled glass and paper beads on either side) and brown glass beads by the pendant: These have been upcycled from a necklace that I bought from a charity shop way back when I first started creating mala beads. I’ve held onto them for a long time, knowing that they would be useful one day.
Imfibinga Seeds: The white beads are the most beautiful, fairly-traded and sustainably-sourced Imfibinga seeds (also known as Zulu teething beads).
Salwag beads (behind the neck): Sustainably-sourced Salwag seed beads are made from the hulled nut of the Salwag Palm tree, which grows in the Philippines.
Bamboo knotting cord: The knotting cord I’ve used in this piece is made entirely from sustainably-sourced, panda-friendly bamboo cotton. I’ve used a traditional knotting technique on this piece to ensure that the knots are strong and sturdy enough for your meditation practice.