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The Kashgar Club Magazine

April 2011

Dear __NAME__


Greetings from Bondi Junction! It's approaching three months since we managed to fire our last newsletter off. We hope you've missed us, but in case you haven't, we have a new-look website with some fantastic new features, a new-look newsletter that's easy on the eye and some special treats to entice you back in store in for a visit.

Back in February and right in the middle of an icy Nepalese winter, Bernie made the long trek to Kathmandu, braving the freezing conditions, power blackouts and public strikes to do some serious buying on Kashgar's behalf. He managed to track down some truly beautiful pieces, and we're pleased to announce that the shipment has arrived and is on our shelves as we speak. As well as all our usual goodies - prayer flags, blue primer books on Buddhism, woollen blankets and shawls, yak bone malas, incense holders and statues of Buddha, Tara and other important deities, we have several remarkable items in hand, including:

Jade drinking bowl

Jade Drinking Bowl

Jade drinking bowls, carved from single blocks of translucent jade and topped and tailed with exquisite high-grade silver embellishment. We have twelve bowls in total; if you are interested in looking at these beauties, don't leave your run too late because they tend to sell out very quickly.

Bronze kapala

Kapala - Buddhist Ritual Drinking Cup

A delightful pair of miniature kapalas, or ritual drinking cups, fashioned from bronze in three sections: the skull cap topped by a dorje, the skull itself and the stand, which incorporates  a stylised lower jaw.  These pieces are early 20th century, from Tibet.

Ritual conch shell

Ritual Conch Shell

We have one large and four small ritual conch shells in our collection, beautifully covered in high-grade silver embellishment.  These heavy Turbinella shells are used by both Hindus, Jains and Buddhists alike and are regarded as one of Buddhism's Eight Auspicious Symbols. Pictured is one of the small shells, the larger is covered with even more detailed silver work.

Mongolian yak wool hat

Mongolian Yak Wool Hat

These extraordinary hats are made from yak hair and consist of a heavy, rigidly woven crown and brim, surrounded by a deep fringe of hair and surmounted by a large dyed tuft. Mid to late 20th century. From the Mongolian steppes, we believe these hats are worn by Mongolian horsemen, however they are similar to the hats worn by Kagyu black hat monks and may come from a very remote sect. We have two hats, a very unusual and rare find.

We've also replenished our stocks of Nepalese singing bowls in all shapes and sizes, both hand beaten and machine turned, with embellishment and without. If you are curious as to the origin of singing bowls and their role in alternative healing you can read our full article here.  Or click on the image below to visit our catalog and see some of the beautiful specimens we have for sale.

Singing bowls

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To Give or Not to Give When Travelling Abroad: the Issue of Begging

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Photo by Linda Heaphy





In other news, you may recall that 2011 is actually Kashgar's 20th year of trading!  A big milestone for us, and to celebrate werre planning on holding a huge furniture sale – which will coincidentally free up some space to bring back even more stock on our next buying trip. For the first time ever we will be discounting some of our high end Chinese antique furniture and calligraphy signs, with up to 25% off many of our beautiful pieces. We are expecting to begin the sale in late April but will send you another email telling you exactly when - just as soon as we have it all orgnised, and as Kashgar Club members, you'll be the first to know!

To finish up, all of us here at Kashgar hope that 2011 is shaping up to be a good year for you. Along with many others, we feel that the change of government in NSW is a huge step in the right direction. Viva la change!  See you in store or on line soon!

linda heaphy

Linda Heaphy

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