Dorje means thunderbolt. It symbolises strength, both physical and spiritual. An important symbol in the Buddhist and Hindu scriptures, a three-dimensional dorje is often held by Buddhist priests during religious rituals. In the harsh climate of Dolpo äóñ a remarkable region nestled behind the Himalayas in the northwest of Nepal äóñ women wear a larger version of this brooch to hold together their shawls. Similarly, this piece can be worn to hold in place a scarf or to adorn the lapel of a heavy winter coat.
This classic design is seen throughout Nepal in various forms. As pictured, the Marwari is especially popular among Sherpa and Rai women in Solukhumbu district äóñ an area of eastern Nepal that is home to Mt Everest as well as to sacred forests, alpine lakes and lush hills. Similar to the Sinkhwa Necklace and Kalli Cuff, the Marwari design incorporates symbolic animal heads designed to protect the wearer, combined with patterns of foliage.
Inspired by traditional designs and motifs worn by women, men and children across Nepal, this collection celebrates the diverse landscapes and communities of this remarkable land.