Hi, I'm Karis, and I make malas.
I've been creating mala designs for myself and my family for years out of my home, but it only occurred to me recently to share that spirit!
A mala is essentially the most ancient design of prayer and meditation jewelry (it is actually the historical root of the Catholic rosary). Traditionally, a mala is used in japa, or chanting meditation. The user gently rotates the necklace towards herself/himself in hand, one bead at a time, reciting a mantra (centering word or sound) with each bead. The kinesthetic and aural/verbal action of rhythmically sifting the beads through the fingers aids especially in attaining meditation when the mind has a difficult time settling.
Each bead that I use is selected carefully from vendors I trust, with close attention to the energy put into the harvesting/creating of the piece. From my humble, ever-changing bead selection I pull new designs regularly, most of which are inspired by the particular person I am creating for. I am most excited to create malas with the recipient's specific desires in mind, working with them to produce a unique piece that suits their spiritual and aesthetic needs.
Please feel free to connect with me about creating your own one-of-a-kind meditation mala. If I don't yet have a bead you love, I'll find it, and if there's something you already own that you'd like me to incorporate, I'm happy to do my best.