New limited edition launch– Temple Blessed, Hand-Spun Khadi Shawl
MAULI TAKE THE HEALING POWER OF PLANTS TO ANOTHER LEVEL
Purity, Protection, Peace
Mauli Rituals formulate transformative self-care products rooted in ancient India’s Vedic wisdom. With a respect for nature’s power and an appreciation for genuine quality, we are honoured to bring you the healing art of Ayurvastra with our limited edition of organic, hand-loomed meditation shawls.
We’re so excited to bring to our Mauli customers the new collection of fair trade and organic shawls that are crafted by artisans in Rajasthan, using the same yarns and methods used when making robes for the Dali Lama.
Mauli believes in the healing power of plants, be it the kitchen, in skincare or on the skin. Wearing our Ayurvastra yarns against the skin in a calm state, supports the body to absorb the properties of the all-natural herbal dyes.
From spinning the finest yarn and gathering temple blessed flowers and herbs, to the time-honoured slow dyeing methods, delicate hand fringing and sajani embroidery; our shawls are as individual as the wearer and carry the passion, devotion and stories that are part of their creation, radiated back to you.
The story of the shawl
The Healing Art Of Ayurvastra
Ayurvastra is a 5,000-year-old branch of Ayurveda that harnesses the power of organic yarns dyed with pure medicinal herbs, barks, flowers and oils to gently heal and harmonise the mind and body, as only medicinal plants can. When wearing Ayurvastra dyed yarns against the skin, the body starts absorbing the properties of nature’s botanicals. As the mind quiets during meditation, the body’s ability to benefit fully from the flowers properties increases.
Time-Honoured Methods and Artisan Integrity
Where does the temple blessing come from?
Thousands of worshippers visit the 2,600 year old Mahabodhi Temple daily, bringing offerings of flowers. Once blessed, these flowers are given a new lease of life, by being sorted, sun dried and then infused with other herbs to form natural dyes. This sustainable process gives villagers a fair trade wage and gives the wearer a unique, medicinal, meditation shawl touched by love.
What is sujani embroidery?
Protected under the GI act; Sujani embroidery is a form of stitching that is exclusive to the women of Bihar, India and is their primary source of income. Sujani is derived from the words ‘su’ meaning to facilitate and ‘jani’ meaning life. Used as an art form to narrate stories, Sujani embroidery was traditionally a form upcycling, where old garments were turned into baby blankets stitched together to be given a new lease of life. Our motif symbolises life force energy and is embroidered on the edge of every Mauli shawl.
What is khadi?
Khadi is the art of hand spinning fibres that result in a pure fabric with uniquely subtle variations in width, density and plant dye absorption. In a world of mass-production, khadi gives villagers the opportunity to earn an income without the need for any outlay other than a spinning wheel and their skill and time. Where a fossil-fuel fed spinning machine might require two operators, the same output through hand spinning yarn would require 100 artisans.
Ivory, hand-spun shawl naturally dyed with temple blessed flowers and healing herbs. Hand- fringed and purposefully decorated with Sajani stitching on one corner; Purity harnesses the healing power of gallnuts - widely prescribed in Ayurveda for their natural anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, purifying properties, while being rich in tannins, calcium
and vitamins A and C.
Taupe, hand-spun shawl naturally dyed with an alchemy of eucalyptus to help boost immunity and reduce airborne bacteria and holy basil to help ease anxiety. Protection is edged on one side with an imprint of temple blessed roses; hand-fringed and purposefully decorated with Sajani stitching on one corner.
Coral, hand-spun shawl naturally dyed with a plant alchemy of manjistha (rubia cordfolia) to purify and holy basil to soothe and protect.
Peace is edged to one side with an imprint of temple blessed marigolds; India’s celebratory flower and nature’s natural skin healers. Finished with hand-fringed and purposefully decorated with Sajani stitching on one corner; cocoon in our Harmony shawl when in daily meditation practice.
Envelop yourself in these generous, soft shawls when meditating to experience their healing properties and carry on your travels to imbue their protective, calming energy.
“It’s a privilege to work with the principles of Ayuvastra and at the same time support artisan communities to thrive and keep this tradition alive, while helping reduce chemical pollutants found in water and by bringing gentle healing to the wearer as only plants can.” - Anita Kaushal