This unique mala is lovingly hand made by Tibetan nuns living in exile in North India. The braided nylon tail is a traditional finish used by the nuns. This mala is made from hand painted Yak (water buffalo) bone. Yak is an important animal in Tibet as they are used as packing animals for the nomadic tribes. The Tibetans honor their passing by creating these beautiful malas and using them in their meditative practice so that the animals can continue to be of service as they pass from this consciousness to another.All the yak bones used in our jewelry are the leftover from the domestic population that died from natural causes. Each Mala contains 108 beads approx. 7-9mm in size.
Purchases of this mala from the Tibetan Nun's Project helps support education, building projects and other essential needs within the Tibetan Nuns Project community based in Northern India.
These special malas are Fair Trade and handcrafted by Tibetans in Dharamsala.