Inlaid chips of faux turquoise, red glass and rings of copper and white metal decorate the beads of this unusual buffalo bone mala. Three faux turquoise ‘marker beads’ are added to create a unique decorative finish.
Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra, the name deity or any personal prayer. Traditional Tibetan malas are made with 108 beads. This mala is made specially for Tibet Collection by the Tibetan Nuns Project (TNP) in Dharmalsala, India. TNP supports 7 nunneries and provides over 700 nuns with a safe home, health care, meaningful teachings and a supportive community. As part of their skill training and income generation programs, TNP invites the nuns to make products such as the malas and prayer flags that are marketed on their behalf.