The "Samsara" Skull Mala from Mala Collective embodies patience, calm and serenity. Made of rudraksha seeds with eight white howlite beads, hand-carved buffalo horn skull and gray silk tassel. White howlite was originally used for meditation and is believed to help reduce stress and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Made of 108 beads at 6 mm each. Hangs approximately 40 cm.
Inspired Design: Mala Collective creates handmade, fair trade mala beads in Bali, Indonesia. The crafting process of the mala beads - tying, carving and creating - is a proud tradition on the island of Bali. Artisans string the jewelry by hand, combining sustainably harvested rudraksha seeds with gemstones that carry strong intentions. Each piece is then handed out in the village to be knotted from home and blessed.
About this Maker
Mala Collective, in partnership with Aum Rudraksha Designs, creates handmade mala beads in Bali, Indonesia. Made from gemstones and rudraksha seeds that are sustainably harvested, the beads are hand-strung by a collective of artisans who receive fair trade wages and benefit from profit sharing. Mala Collective provides local employment for artisans and farmers alike, from the planting of the rudraksha trees, to harvesting the seeds and then handcrafting the malas.
Beyond providing fair trade wages and profit sharing to its artisan partners, Mala Collective gives to social causes. The organization is committed to Opportunity International, an enterprise that provides micro-loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world, and donates a share of profits to Bumi Sehat, a nonprofit birthing and wellness center in Bali.