We have been enjoying lovely sunny and warm weather for November. However, according to the weather forecast the temperature is set to drop with snow and sleet to hit us this week. An Icy Cloud from Europe… and mention of a mini Beast from the East.
So keep warm out there. Keep your core warm in one of our belly-wraps – the Japanese idea made in the UK.
Our new ultra warm Angora haramaki will work wonders, keeping you warm from your core.
Daruma is a traditional Japanese character based on the monk Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism. Daruma is a cute way to help someone you love focus on their dreams, wishes and goals through the power of visualisation. My daughter was sent one by her Grandma – a beautiful white one -as she tackled her GCSEs this summer. It sat on her desk wishing her well while she revised and reminded her that her family were rooting for her even if far away.
We love this Japanese concept so we decided to branch out from our haramakis and offer a limited edition screen-printed version with our friend Kat from InkyKat Studios.
Daruma reminds us to never give up on our goals. The Japanese say it shows them to “Fall down 7 times get up 8 – Nana Korobi Yaoki” – the never giving up spirit so valued in Japan. Usually Daruma is a small doll made from Papier-mâché the recipient colours in 1 eye while thinking of what they want to achieve. They then crack on while focussing on their goal with Daruma watching from the sidelines and reminding them of the goal. Once the goal is achieved then the second eye can be coloured in and kept as a reminder of success to motivate the person onwards.
Our Daruma is the perfect ‘Good luck’ present. The recipient colours in one eye while thinking about what they want to achieve. They then hang Daruma on the wall or prop them up on their desk to guide them while they strive towards their goal. Once they have achieved their goal they colour in the other eye and keep the print as a reminder of what they have achieved (we advise using fabric paint or Sharpie).
A handmade papercut screenprinted in water based ink onto white cotton fabric and mounted. The print of Daruma is red. The print itself measures approximately 15x17cm and comes in a high quality white 30x21cm (A4) mount cut to fit a ready made frame.
Each print is signed and dated, has a backing board and is wrapped in cellophane and carefully packaged flat to ensure safe arrival.
Introducing the ultra-warm Angora Haramaki in grey and black. Made in the EU from ethically sourced Angora. Snug and stretchy.
Angora wool is a very soft and luxurious fibre. The fibres are hollow, making angora a fantastic natural insulator. It is one of the warmest natural fibres you can get – up to seven times warmer than sheep’s wool – making it ideal for use in thermal underwear and in our haramaki! As it is so warm, and has a natural cushion it has beneficial therapeutic effects for back problems, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any other pain affecting your joints. It is, however, a little more expensive than other fibres. These Angora rabbits are not harmed for their wool, but are sheared regularly and their welfare checked by Orkney Angora’s William Sichel.
NukuNuku Haramaki do include lycra. Without it your haramaki would not be stretchy enough or keep its shape and last you a long time – leading to more waste! Which is not what we want. There is no alternative yet readily available or affordable (lycra made from recycled plastics for example?). Most of us cannot afford to choose only natural fibres on an everyday basis – it is just too difficult and too expensive – especially when buying for a family etc.
However, while we all try to limit our plastic use and waste where we can until the industry changes and offers viable alternatives These are fantastic inventions we recommend for limiting your plastic pollution when washing your clothes – the guppy friend washing bag and the cora ball which will catch your micro-fibres as your clothes shed them in the wash.
We can also recycle or upcycle our clothes when they have given up the ghost – there are vouchers available to save you money in some shops if you take your used textiles in. They will be then reworn, recycled or reused as insulation or mattress stuffing for example.
What are your top tips for reducing waste and pollution?
At NukuNuku we took time developing our own brand haramaki. Trading ethically and limiting negative impact on the environment are key to our values. We are fully behind initiatives such as the Fashion Revolution – which ask the consumer to think deeply about “who made my clothes?” and our mantra is quality over quantity.
Sourcing closer to home allows you to check your supply chain and support your own local economy. It also reduces airmiles and therefore your carbon footprint.
Our haramaki belly-bands are made from cotton that is grown in the EU (and therefore regulated by EU labour and environment laws) then knitted, dyed and finished in Nottingham by a small but hugely experienced British company. It is of the highest quality. Quality is key as we do not want to sell a throw away item, but a durable product that you can wash and wear time and again. We hate waste! Reducing waste is something very close to our hearts (and there are some great tips here). Our haramaki are cut from our lovely soft cotton/lycra and sewn by a small family company with years of experience in jersey fabrics and high standards of quality control who we work closely with.
Our family and friends have been wearing NukuNuku own brand haramaki day in day out for years and they are still going strong. We have customer feedback that supports this and the durability of our ‘kidney warmers. Our aim is to have our customers return to NukuNuku and recommend us because our product is the best quality and lasts. We want 100% satisfaction!