Prayer Flag Descriptions & Symbolism: Prayer Flags in Tibet are called Lung Ta (wind horse), which is both literal of the image, and symbolic of the action of the flags. The idea is that by hanging these flags in high places such as from the top of stupas and across mountain paths, the Wind Horse will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings.

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Mysterious Buddhist Beads: Few beads are surrounded by as much mystery and myth as the dZi bead (say ‘zee’). These etched agates are found in Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, and Nepal, and are believed to be about two thousand years old. Many legends accompany the beads- that they were not made by man but created by the gods (by lightning strikes, or sometimes, goats – I am not making this up), that they bring luck and ward off evil, that they protect the wearer from physical harm by taking the abuse upon themselves, and that the bead itself will choose its’ owner and will not stay with an unlucky person.

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Bruce St. John Maher is a world renowned Artist and Master Craftsman known best for his Glass Faceted Beads. These stunning beads depict landscapes and forests mostly and have a 3D effect to them. The layered painting and kiln technique that he perfected is almost completely exclusive to his craft.

Very few artists have ever attempted to mimic his techniques until only recently. This is due in part to a booklet by Jim Kervin where Bruce outlines and reveals some of his secrets on how these magnificent beads are made. By using phosphorescent paints and creating the images on the glass, these pieces of glass are then joined together and fused in a kiln to create a single bead. The three dimensional effect this creates if phenomenal!

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Firstly it may be observed that the word “gong” is in fact a case of an onomatopoeia. Their sound resembles their name when struck. The antique, one of a kind gongs that we carry at Tiger Tiger fall into two categories. We have Burmese Temple gongs and Indonesian Gamelan Gongs. Burmese gongs were primarily used at temples as a call to worship and just as likely as a call to alarm the people of a local village or tribe in the event of a threat or attack.

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For centuries, the Hill Tribes of Nepal, China and Burma and other regions have been creating these fabrics by hand. Using embroidery, Ikat and supplementary warp weaving, the most noted creators of these fabrics were the Hmong, Akha and Karen peoples.

Many of these textiles are no longer made by hand due to mass production by automated looms. However, some vintage fabrics have been repurposed into Handbags, Shoulder Bags and Pouches.

Tiger Tiger has a large selection of these one of a kind items, personally sourced by Tiger Tiger from these many regions, some made with repurposed vintage cloth that will never be available again.

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Remember as kids how we would collect glass beads to make our own bracelets, necklaces or works of art? Or, maybe you liked to collect items for a charm bracelet. Now that we have “grown up” it doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy collecting and adorning yourself with bead work pendants and charms.

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Exciting Vintage Burkett Collection has Found It’s Way to Tiger Tiger!

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Tiger has acquired a collection of vintage Robert Burkett pieces from an estate.  We now have close to 9 kilos of vintage Burkett originals made in the 80’s and 90’s. Among these pieces are a variety of creatures and critters, as well as wonderful ornate spacer beads and figurative pieces. Some of these pieces are Bob’s productions, as well as one of a kinds.

Robert Burkett is a world-recognized jewelry maker and has been called the finest bead-maker in America. He works primarily in silver and shibuichi, a Japanese process where silver is mixed with copper to produce stunning arrays of color and form.

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His pieces are crafted by hand using the lost-wax casting technique. Highly collectible, his style is uniquely his own.

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This collection consists of wonderful beads, pendants, bottles, and introduces new families of critters such as bears, snakes, elephants, dragonfly’s, platypus’ and many more! All the pieces are cast in silver or shibuichi.

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We are very excited to process and share these collectible items with collectors and jewelry makers. Stay tuned for all these Burkett designs to appear on our website as well as our Etsy shop TigerTigerTreasures.

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