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January 2014

Fair Trade Yak and Wool Shawls from Nepal

  

Looking for new ways to wrap yourself in warmth during this season of the polar vortex?  Check out our new yak and wool shawls from Nepal.  Yak wool is considered by some to be warmer than merino, as soft as cashmere and as tough as camel.  Known as khullu, yaks have an insulating layer of down, usually hidden by their characteristic long guard hair.  Our colorful yak wool shawls come in predominantly red and black designs with twisted yarn black fringe. 

 

Our Naga design wool shawls from Nepal bear the characteristic undulating pattern evoking a slithering serpent or naga. In Hindu and Buddhist mythology, a semidivine being, half human and half serpent, nagas can assume either wholly human or wholly serpentine form. They live in an underground kingdom filled with beautiful palaces that are

 adorned with gems. Nagas are also associated with waters-rivers, lakes, seas, and wells-and are regarded as guardians of treasure. Another reason for the flowing zig-zagging pattern.  We have two different color combinations in this wavy pattern.

 

A versatile blend wool and acrylic, our Everest wool shawls come in three color versions in the same pattern and our pure wool short fringed Himali shawls are offered in wonderful varied striped hues.  Shawls add a lovely finishing touch to your outfit and can be worn for warmth or be purely decorative or both.  Use them to accent an outfit, to keep the chill out, for prayer and to cover bare shoulders in formal attire.  And, did we mention, they are reversible and can be used for a throw too?

Activation Sounds 

  

Are you looking for a profoundly healing experience? Submerge yourself in Activation Sounds - Ancient Chakra Healing Chants by Chakuna Machi Asa.  This CD will help to activate your transformative personal power and rebalance your seven Chakra Energy Centers. Chakuna Machi Asa is a composer, singer, and producer of sound healing music, chakra music, new age music, ambient music and spiritual music. She is also a transformative sound healing artist with practice in the ancient tradition of overtone chanting and shamanic drumming. She has studied Peruvian Shamanism with elders of the tradition, since the age of 16. Chakuna uses sound to activate the awakened natural state of universal being and to inspire personal transformation. Chakuna Machi Asa de Provident Manitou, her spiritual name is in one of the first peoples languages. It means "Ancestor, Healer of the People from the all knowing Great Spirit."

Amazon Community Ready for Soccer Season

 

As in other parts of the world Soccer is an important part of the Peruvian culture - even deep in the Amazon.  Shaman's Market was happy to answer the request of one of our partner's in Peru, Henry Flores Agustin, a high school physical education teacher and son of beloved ayahuasca shaman Herlinda Flores Agustin, for some new soccer equipment.

 

Henry has been working with us for many years in connecting us to the amazing Shipibo- Conibo crafts from his family and the local Shipibo communites of New Paradise, about 6 hours from Pucallpa, and San Francisco about 40 minutes from Pucallpa in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle.

 

Eco Friendly Yoga Mats: 2.0

 

January is a great time to think about our exercise and fitness gear, as we refocus once again on getting and staying fit in the New Year.  If you have been meaning to get a new generation yoga mat, take a look at the new and improved eKO Mat from Manduka.

 

Available in 3, 4 and 5mm thickness, it offers an unparalleled grip to perform even in the sweatiest of conditions. This eco-friendly yoga mat made from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber provides cushion and support for your practice while protecting the planet.  In addition to its superior grip, the mat provides exceptional comfort and performance. The new rippled water top surface features an innovative, sealed-cell natural rubber surface that creates a hygienic barrier and excellent loft and recovery. 

 

These natural rubber mats use a toxic-free softening process and are completely free of the toxic foaming agents and plasticizers found in other mats. The eKO represents a bright future for eco-friendly yoga mats - leaving behind no footprint in landfills. It will definitely make a lasting impression in the studio.

Peruvian Ponchos

To help you keep snug, Shamans Market has plenty of ponchos from Peruvian artisans. Alfredo Falcon learned weaving at the knees of his parents who learned the art form in the same way. Remaining true to what he learned of Incan and colonial motifs, he combines hand and machine weaving to create his ponchos and ruanas.  Growing his small workshop started with a small Alpaca Wool Blend Pyramids poncho and the Mountain Sky ruana.

 

Celinda Jaco dreamed as a girl of having her own business and using her hands to create beauty. She had an affinity for the textile arts:  tailoring, knitting crocheting, toy making and appliqu�ing.  After working with mothers who wanted to learn about making toys, knitting and crocheting, she worked at a variety of other things, selling Chilean items in Peru and opening her own sweater store. She started knitting informally, but thanks to the advice of her family, she established her own venture.  Today she exhibits her creations at fashion shows and fairs throughout Peru.  We feature Celinda's Men's Inca Explorer in Camel and Men's Gray Nazca ponchos.

 

Because his parents and grandparents were artisans, Faustino Maldonado. learned early to weave on rustic looms. A master weaver, his work is a representation of art passed down from generations. He describes his family motto: "I will never let go of either my grandfather or grandson's hands, for what I have learned from the elders, I will teach to the young."  His family proudly crafts sheep wool and alpaca tapestries, purses, backpacks, cushions, and vests. We carry his Road to Huancayo, Andean Hills, Rainbow Mist and other poncho, blanket and cushion creations.

 

The main activity of the Peruvian Q'ero, in addition to agriculture, is weaving. They use natural dyes for their wool. Their techniques and designs are considered to be the closest to those of their ancestors. Their weavings have been shown various museums such as the Smithsonian, The Textile Museum, and American Museum of Natural History.  According to the Textile Museum, Q'ero is the only place in Peru where a ceremony has been recorded that is conducted specifically in honor of the handwoven textiles produced there.  Conducted at the Christian feast of Easter, this ceremony, in which shawls and scarves woven during the previous year are blessed, makes explicitly the value the community places on weaving as a medium of artistic expression.  We offer several traditional wool blend ponchos created by the Q'ero.

Featured Products
Alpaca & Silk Shawl 'Andean Ruby'

Woven by hand, intricate motifs flow in wide bands along a beautiful shawl. Raquel and Gregor present their original design in shades of red and white. Artisans from Sillpa craft the shawl of pure silk and baby alpaca wool, the fine fleece from the season's first shearing.

 

  

Our Price: $72.96

  
Inonized Super Silver with Ozone Stabilization

Discover the power of silver for complete health, for both you and your pet.

 

You, your family and your pet's health are your most precious assets. You need to do everything in your power to keep them healthy and stay healthy yourself! The natural power of silver can help you stay healthy and recover from illness!


 

Our Price: $40.00

Tibetan Mini Gau Box Pendant
Attractive mini oval-shaped brass Gau box pendant decorated with the symbol for the sacred sound OmThis Gau (also spelled Ghau orGao) is a Tibetan Buddhist amulet container, made to be worn as jewelry. Use it to hold and carry your small sacred amulets such as images, mantras (prayers), or relics. This style is a fitted back Gau which has a friction-fit back meant to be pried open with your fingernails. Handcrafted in Nepal.

 

Our Price: $12.00

Shipibo Painted Cloth Runner

The spirit of the Shipibo of the Peruvian jungle is diligently sketched and then painted onto this rustic cotton cloth runner in intricate traditional designs based on their ayahuasca-inspired medicine songs calledicaros. Created in the Peruvian Amazon jungle by Shipibo women.  

 
Our Price: $70.00
Manduka Eko Yoga Mat - 71" Indulge

The eKO Mat is new and improved, and now offers an unparalleled grip to perform even in the sweatiest of conditions. This eco-friendly yoga mat made from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber provides cushion and support for your practice while protecting the planet.

This yoga mat qualifies for standard FREE SHIPPING!  

 
Our Price: $76.00
Manduka Go Ready Yoga Bag - Black

Inspired by and designed for women on the go, Manduka's GO Ready tote sets a new standard. The GO Ready offers a large main compartment with room for your yoga mat, additional gear and personal belongings, a padded lap top space with organizational pocket, removable pouch for toiletries and wet clothes, internal mesh storage for shoes, and pockets for your valuables. With this must-have-tote you are always ready to go from home to the office, studio and beyond.

 

Our Price: $90.00

  
Men's Fair Trade Alpaca Wool Poncho - Earth Celebration

Warm shades of tan, brown and black exalt the fertile Andean earth. Working in luxurious alpaca, Faustino Maldonado creates a men's poncho with pre-Hispanic motifs. The warm but lightweight garment is woven on the hand loom.

 

Our Price: $199.95

  
Men's Fair Trade Alpaca Wool Poncho - Scarlet Inca

Night shadows caress a field of crimson as stars twinkle in orderly rows. Working in a luxurious alpaca blend, Faustino Maldonado creates a men's poncho with Andean motifs. The warm but lightweight garment is woven on the handloom.

 

Our Price: $169.95

  
Q'ero Andean Lliklla Mestana

Our rich and colorfully hand woven Q'ero mestana features the traditional rayed diamond or Inti motif of the rising and setting sun. Woven by the Q'ero peoples of the high Peruvian Andes, this weaving makes for a perfect mesa cloth for your personal altar.

 

Our Price: $175.00