“A language of deep symbolic meaning is spoken in the exchange of flowers.”
Introducing the ‘The Flower Mala’ or necklace with sterling silver ‘Charm’ featuring Bela’s original art— the ‘Flower’ is hand drawn in honor of the tenderness, love and friendship that the giving and receiving of flowers represents.
Inspired by a friendship that began in 2014 between Bela and Christy, the owner and designer of Bali Malas, when their tents were serendipitously placed next to each other at a show in Tahoe during an unprecedented four days of torrential rains and mountain weather. Not to be deterred by the storms, Christy and Bela began a lifelong friendship that took them on the road across North America selling and sharing their original art and designs with people from all over the world for years to come. Created in celebration of and gratitude for the trust, memories and friendship that comes when you open your heart and share it with the ones you know, both near and far, and the strangers next door.
‘Malas’ are necklaces or garlands strung together with beads used throughout the East, most especially in the Hindu and Buddhist cultures, as a meditation tool. Similar to the Christian rosary, malas are used for prayer and traditionally made with 108 beads— a number revered in the East as deeply spiritual and auspicious.
Each ‘Mala’ is made with tulsi or holy basil (a sacred plant in India) and can be purchased with your choice of sterling silver or sterling silver & onyx. Each Charm may also be purchased on its own. And each charm and mala is made by hand and blessed in Bali, Indonesia.
[Sources: balimalas.com & universeofsymbolism.com]