A prayer shawl may seem an indulgence for your spiritual practice. However, many people feel a wrap used as a sacred covering during prayer, meditation or other spiritual practices, creates ritual and ceremony around the time with the Holy. Just as the tone of the clock calls us to awaken and begin our day, the placement of a wrap around our bodies signals to the soul that it is time to be still and find the sacred in this moment. They are designed to be worn during meditation or prayer and allows you to wrap yourself in holiness with sacred mantras. This particular shawl is decorated with the mantra “Om,” which was the first sound of the universe and is revealed in some Vedic scriptures as a means towards enlightenment. It is also worn for comfort when there is a cool breeze in the air. It is hand-dyed and hand-printed in terracotta with the mantra “Om” in decorative Sanskrit letters, an attractive contrast that highlights the ancient prayer. As it has a slight shine, it is also used as decoration in the home and on altars.
Each shawl is hand-printed by devotional artisans of India on a 100% natural jute fabric, providing employment for marginalized artisans. These shawls are made of jute plant fiber known as “golden fiber” that brings a subtle shine to the shawls. It is called the “golden fiber” because of its slightly golden and silky shine, a highly renewable fiber grown abundantly in India. The Prayer Shawl, inspired by the holy city of Varanasi located on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, where priests have used traditional prayer shawls in their rituals for centuries. Because these are handmade each shawl will have a unique look and will vary slightly than what is pictured.