Haramaki: Great for market traders

 

“Discovering haramaki has made my days at the markets so much nicer! My back and bum where I feel the cold the most after the first couple of hours outside are covered by the  haramaki which makes a massive difference. I am looking at the wrist warmers next….”

Happy customer, Katja of InkyKat Studios

Our haramaki and other ‘bits warmers’ are great for those on market stalls. They tend to be outside and standing around quite still – definitely going to be feeling the cold. We have a few customers who report how useful our haramaki are for keeping them warm when working outside – today we feature one of those, Etsy Seller extraordinaire, Katja of InkyKat Studios….

Despite loving printmaking Kat only discovered screen printing a few years ago when her mum bought her a three day course in screen printing for her birthday. “I just loved how, by using paper cut templates, you can create these clean crisp images. Printing on fabric allows me to add another dimension to my work by utilising some of the gorgeous prints I come across.”. Kat does commissions which make fantastic presents. Many people get their pets, or kids done as beautiful gifts.

Kat sells her beautiful hand cut screen-prints on Etsy and at various craft markets at the weekends throughout the year. She is currently developing a clothing range hand printed with her designs onto organic cotton t-shirts, bags and sweatshirts.

Many of the markets Kat sells at are outside or poorly heated and the traders can get really cold however many layers they put on or hot tea they pour into themselves. Now they have the answer! Warmth from the core with a haramaki 🙂

This all helps with NukuNuku‘s mission, keeping the nation warm, one core at a time…..

Wrap up this Autumn

 

Hello Haramaki gang,

The temperature has dropped and the wind has picked up. It is starting to feel like Autumn. Haramakis are a great addition in the ‘in-between seasons’ days – keeping you warm and allowing you wear your summer clothes a bit longer with their extra layering just where you need it. At your core. They will help keep you outside in the sunshine despite the cooler weather, like Alex spotted here in at the beach in a Ninja Haramaki.

We are now fully stocked up with our ultra-warm Angora haramaki (we have some limited edition royal blue angora haramaki arriving next week), extra warm bamboo fibre haramaki and our own NukuNuku cotton haramaki. We also have some other angora products – such as wrist warmers and knee warmers which are great for people with Raynaud’s or joint problems etc…

 

Keep snug!
Catherine

Wombs Love Warmth

 

In “Surprising ways to change your lifestyle and boost your fertility” the Mirror newspaper recommended women:

“Wear a Japanese garment called a haramaki – which is effectively like a boob tube around your tummy,” says Gemma McCrae, life coach. “My acupuncturist diagnosed that I had a cold uterus – which meant that it wasn’t a hospitable environment to conceive and grow a baby. I’m now 22 weeks pregnant.”

Wearing a haramaki can support fertility

Acupuncturists recommend them to their clients they are treating for fertilty issues such as ‘cold uterus‘…

The abdomen (hara or dan tian) is the centre of qi (energy). Acupuncturists advise that that warmth supports womb health. Heat on the uterus, abdomen, and lower back decreases common discomforts of menstruation including cramping and helps to reduce stagnation of energy in the uterus.

Cold in the uterus is related to menstrual problems and infertility. Warmth is supportive to the internal ‘fire’ energy of the uterus, and many traditions around the world keep the womb warm to keep the internal fires of health stoked, and support the flow of qi energy.

Keeping your core warm is not just good for fertility….

A warm core is “Key for our health, fertility and creative power” says Tiffany Power of Nurture Works Yoga – A ‘Cold Womb’ is one of the key patterns underlying infertility in Chinese medicine. But our Womb is not only a cradle for physical babies; it is the source of all our creative and nurturing power as women. When we allow this sacred space within us to freeze over, we lose our capacity to connect with this gentle, yet unstoppable, strength in our centre. In addition, Cold stagnation in our Womb is a cause of painful menstrual cramps. “

So keeping this vital part of us supported and cosy in a haramaki can help improve our health in a number of ways.

Signs that you are low in Yang Energy and may have a cold uterus:

“ Someone who is deficient in yang lacks the catalytic spark, the cellular chemistry of combustion. When our fire is weak, we become cold and slow, and physical processes become sluggish.” (Qi Gong master David Leggett)

In Chinese Medicine the following are signs that your Yang energy may be depleted: always feeling cold, hypo-activity, lower back pain or soreness, low energy, poor circulation, poor digestion, urinary disorders, low libido, infertility.
Wearing a haramaki can help with this by keeping your core warm and raising your overall body temperature.

Why not give our haramaki a try?  Click here to buy one

 

Cold Water Swimming Hack

Discovered a few weeks ago when we had a river swim….

I took an isothermal bottle  full of boiling water, my daughters mini hot water bottle and two haramakis – one cotton for next to the skin and an ultra-warm angora core-warmer. Once out of the water and dressed (and while my fingers still worked) I filled the hot water bottle with the boiling water and popped the hot water bottle in my roo pouch of haramakis. Combined with my robe I built up a nice warm core radiating heat.  Added tea and amazing marmalade cakes and I was a very happy post-swim seabird! Been doing it ever since to beat the after-drop….

NukuNuku on tour – or how to plan your holidays around swim spots

“Imagine a summer spent swimming in mountain waterfalls, exploring lost ruins and caverns, and camping in ancient forests.” Wild Guide – Lake District and Yorkshire Dales: Hidden Places and Great Adventures

Inspired by the above and the heat of early summer this year I planned our family holiday around my new love, wild swimming. I found two amazing resources – the Wild Swim Map.  This is a website where you can search for swim spots wherever you are heading and read other swimmers’ reviews and notes. I also bought one of the  Wild Guide series for the Yorkshire Dales. This not only features swim spots but covers other ‘wild’ aspects wherever you are going – forests, ancients spots, walks etc.

None of us like a long journey without a stopover – so I used the amazing resource that is the Wild Swim map to find a swim along our route – Port Meadow on the Thames. I wanted somewhere halfway (ish) between home and final destination. We took a picnic from Brighton, drove up, parked in the car park and ate in the car because it was pouring with rain. Of course. The braver (less grumpy) 3 of us then went investigating up river, guide book in hand. Argued over whether this was ‘the spot’,  looked round and felt slightly shy as  dog walkers were the only others around. Our inner Seabird kicked in then and we thought ‘sod it’, whipped off our clothes and jumped in with the ducks. Weedy green water caused squeals when legs became entangled in it, ducks and swans and anglers only a little further off. We felt slightly self conscious before getting in but the minute we were in we didn’t care and felt adventurous (or a bit naughty).

It was the perfect stopover when heading North – just off the M40. Rope swing nearer the bridge that even the older two would play on – smallest one ending up soaked to the waist and doing the rest of the journey wrapped in a towel. Then onwards and Northwards….

Masons Campsite is right next to the river Wharfe in the Yorkshire Dales near the village of Appletreewick. The river is at the bottom of the small campsite and has 2 great rope swings where the kids line up and swing out over the river endlessly or spin each other into dizziness and the thrill of nearly falling in.

10 minutes down river from the campsite, after a bit of hesitation and doubt, we found the spot that matched the picture in the book. Despite the glorious sunshine nobody else was in there. Whipped off our clothes again (becoming a theme) while bemused dog walkers looked on and slid in tentatively. Much much colder than the sea in Brighton, peaty tasting brown water, soft and silky. Fantastic. Numb feet like November in Brighton in just a few minutes. Slimy, weed covered stones under foot and bum. Surrounded by stunning scenery. All to ourselves.

We spent the holiday using the Wild Guide as our bible and it kept us outside, off screens and well fed with great pub grub suggestions. Fantastic. Highly recommend. Take your haramaki with you and keep those kidneys warm. Keep tuned for the next wild swim spot recommendation coming soon…