It’s at this time of year, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to have grown up in a family dominated by boys. As a young girl it may not have been appealing, growing up with transformers and thundercats; Saturdays watching the grand prix, watching my brothers having a ‘scrap’ over the smallest of things, all the while wishing I had someone to play barbie dolls with. But as the years have passed and as we’ve grown older, my brothers have always been there to look out for me, be there for me through the good times and bad and taught me to be strong when life throws an obstacle. I would not be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for their influence, love, protection and guidance and for that I am forever grateful……
A special day every year in the Hindu faith, when the ties between a brother and sister are re-enforced by a simple thread, a rakhi (you could say it's a bit like International Siblings Day). Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon in the hindu calender month of Shravan, one of the holiest months in the calender. This year its takes place on the 26th August 2018.
This simple thread of Rakhi , is tied by the sister on her brothers wrist. It's more than a cotton thread - a rakhi is considered to be stronger than iron chains as it binds the most beautiful relationship in an inseparable bond of love and trust. You laugh together, fight together, learn together, may even live on different continents but the love you have for each other is never lost.
I have been making my rakhis for over 20 years and only a few years ago, I decided to share these beauties and make them for my clients. I feel quite honoured to be able to make these and that brothers around the globe will be treated to one of my beautifully handmade rakhis and greeting cards. With my love for bringing back traditional methods, my rakhis have been made using 100% cotton thread and traditional knotting techniques.
Every year 10% of sales will also be donated to a wonderful charity 'The Meningitis Trust' - A charity very close to my heart, as without their help & support I would not have an amazing brother in my life today.
Wishing you all Happy Raksha Bandhan!