Lala Candles, first handmade Kurdish candles, ever!

Loyal readers, everywhere!

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It has been one of the most depressing weeks of my entire life. I have spent the past two years in books by authors like Eckhart Tolle and Rhonda Byrne- in the process filtering all my surroundings in a way where I am embedded in a realm of positive energy (this is so hard to do these days). Anyhow, I now have Karim Kaban playing in the background, three candles burning, and I feel the ambiance has squeezed out every dot of positive energy in my surroundings and it has kindly given it to me. I just wish I had some Kulicha left to munch on (they never last in this house). Positive atmosphere at its best. It’s true, we create our surroundings… these candles, literally, bring a pyala full of happiness. I know, they will be my medicine in days like today, and my source of positivity energy. Just wait till you hear their story….

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A few weeks ago I visited my friend Huda at her cozy little home. Her kitchen, I saw had become a little candle wax factory, and her living room had become a work station with glue guns, and everything that was available in the Qaysari bazar related to Kurdish culture. The fragrance in her home was like taking in cardamom tea into your body not just through your nose but every open pore of your entire skin was observing it in. This was heaven.

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I squealed and screamed as I saw little Kurdish decoration half glued on candle holders, pyalas and everything else that was Kurdish. I learned that Lala candles was a dream coming true, and this was the workshop. Huda’s time, energy, love, dedication and creative fingers had created something one of a kind, and for the first time candles inspired by the Kurdish culture, handmade in Kurdistan, were born. Right there, in front of my eyes.

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Machko candles

My son knows very well not to touch them. He observes from a clear distance pointing “awa momi hudaya,” It is true, me too, every time I glimpse at my candles it feels like a part of Huda is with me at home. I wonder what thoughts she was going through while creating that one piece, how she felt, and at what time of the day she made it. I hope in future for some special candles she can add a piece of writing to each candle. Because each candle we burn at home, she spends hours making in her kitchen and living room, with no doubt each has a story of its own. Not just that, she then sits and wraps each and everyone of them too, names them (Shirin w Farhad, Machko, Mem w Zin and coming soon is Dastan & Rawa). How can I not love and admire the soul who goes into so much effort to provide something that makes my heart smile…. I appreciate every minute of that candle burning in my house, and every bit of positivity energy it attracts to my little nest. I am even thinking of recycling the pyalas back to Huda.

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Huda Sarhang, founder of Lala Candles, at her launch exactly seven days ago today at the Book Cafe- Erbil

If you want to order any of these candles you can contact Huda through her page here and here. They make beautiful favors for your guests whether it’s a wedding, birthday or engagement and even greater gifts for your loved ones. I will appreciate all your support to Huda and this initiative. You will love her creation so do get in touch.

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Shirin w Farhad candle

Lots of love from

My Nest in Kurdistan


(All photos taken from Lala Candles Instagram page here. The first picture is mine, only.)



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