At the outset of our
shawl project twelve years ago these beautiful hand loom shawls
helped to support a young Tibetan refugee family, Tsering Dorjee,
his wife Tsetan Lhamo, their young boys Tenzin Rabga and Tenzin
Lhawang and their adopted daughter, Tsetan Dolker. They lived
in Dharamsala, India.
Over the course of time Tsering Dorjee and his family gained asylum
in the USA and the management of the project was passed to his
younger sister Dechen Saldon. She handles all the shawl orders
from Dharamsala and recently married a wonderful man named Passang
Dorjee. Now they are expecting their first baby very soon.
The shawls we carry have been dubbed "Tibetan Shawls"
because the Tibetans buy them from the mills in the Punjab for
sale in their local markets. The mills claim them to be 100% pure,
but they will never tell us "pure" what!
Tsering Dorji and his wife Tsetan Lhamo
with H.H. Dalai Lama's younger sister Mrs. Jetsun Pema la. Mrs.
Jetsun Pema la is considered to be the Mother of Tibet.
Dechen Saldon preparing the shawls to mail.
Passang Dorji and Dechen Saldon on their wedding day.
The Art, Original and Exotic Warm shawls are very soft and fluffy and easy to wash by hand or in the washing machine.
Because they do not shrink or fade after washing we suspect that there is a percentage of acrylic fiber in the mix.
We started the project by selling what we call Original Shawls, with Dickyi (at the very top) who took us to meet the manufacturers. She had a chance to study in Japan so Tsering Dorjee took over after being our tour guide for our 1998 Tara pilgrimage. Dorjee then discovered another variety at the market called ďArtĒ Shawls for their beautiful artistic patterns. These marvelous shawls are also soft, and a little less fluffy.
These shawls are the size of a single bed and we donít go anywhere with out at least one in our car or luggage.
Colors and designs are ever changing. We often update our retail shawl pages.
Now we are adding more varieties of shawls to our collection so check in frequently!
If you are interested in our special wholesale offer
(minimum 12 shawls, any combination of Original, Art, Exotic Warm,
or Native American Style Shawls)
Please contact Anahata.
Pashmina Water Shawls
These shawls are purchased for
us by Pabitra who lives by the great Boudha Stupa in Kathmandu.
She supports several Nepali children who need assistance from
the villages or who have been abandoned at the Stupa. As our small
cottage industry grows so does our friend Pabitras capacity
to be effective in her role as caregiver to many.
Pashmina is the finest wool shorn
from the soft undercoat (neck and belly) of Himalayan mountain
goats. The feather light fiber is extraordinarily soft and light,
yet exceptionally warm. Our Water shawls are 70 %
Pashmina and 30% Silk, a blend that provides an amazing texture
and beauty. They weigh just 2.7 oz and measure 29" X 82 1/2.
The shawls come in
an array of colors. Most are two-tone, the warp and weft different
shades. This gives rise to a play of color that shimmers in the
light. These two-tone selections are reversible.
Shawls retail at $30.00. Wholesale enquiries are welcome: Anahata.