Daruma – focus and never give up

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.

Get yours here now – free domestic shipping too!

It will come with an explanation and instructions on how to use.

 

Keep your Kidneys warm in an Angora Haramaki

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.

Our Ultra-Warm Haramaki are truly fantastic for keeping your core warm. We use them after a regular dip in the English Channel!

 

 

What is a haramaki?

Hara (belly) Maki (wrap) – the idea comes from Japan, ours are made in the UK. A tube of soft, stretchy cotton that you pull on up to your middle. For all ages and unisex.

A haramaki is effectively a scarf  for your middle – you wear it under your clothes and it keeps the area warm. By wearing a haramaki around your middle you can keep your feet and hands warm – really! While I am sitting typing this my feet were feeling cold. Haramaki on and 20 minutes later I my toes are ok! It appears that when your internal organs and core are warm your body can afford to divert blood to your extremities. It’s also very good at creating comforting warm feelings should you be having period pains, back ache, kidney issues etc.

In Japan people wear Haramaki for a slightly different reason. Japanese tradition has it that if the temperature of the stomach is too cool your system will be out of balance and you will be more prone to get ill. This is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM holds that if your middle is cold kidney energy will drain from the system – and this not only puts you at risk of urinary health issues, it also lowers energy and vitality. Try one and see for yourself!