Karma was created in 2006 by Phuni Meston Eames and her late husband Daja Wangchuck Meston. After both graduating from Brandeis University, they became passionate about social justice, sustainability, and women's rights. With their drive for activism, they opened Karma intending to create a peaceful environment to engage consumers in distributing fair trade products and support craftswomen around the world.
Meston later opened her second store, Handwork, in 2015 located in Winchester, MA. While maintaining the same values, Handwork displays a more minimalistic design and focuses primarily on supporting local artists. Handwork is managed by Meston's brother, Karma Wangtop.
Phuni is the spiritual, emotional, and entrepreneurial force of Karma. Social justice activism drives Phuni, as does her commitment to connecting deeply with others,
underscored by her sense of responsibility for improving our world.
Her vision for Karma stems from her nomadic childhood, where she watched her mother and other
women of her Himalayan community creating textiles. Through every step of the process the women depended on each other. Phuni understood that the women were
not only weaving, but developing and maintaining the social fabric of the community. She continues the tradition at Karma; a place where people gather for a cup of tea, listen to music, and appreciate both fine crafts and each other.
Phuni travels extensively to collaborate with highly skilled artists and source unique pieces that have a special meaning. She is committed to supporting up-and-coming artists from marginalized communities, especially women, and feels particularly connected to the artisans from the Himalayas because of her cultural background.
Karma Wangtop is Meston's younger brother and also grew up in the Tibetan refugee camp of Mundgod. Wangtop was trained as a Buddhist thangka painter and was always interested in visual art and design. He is the co-founder of Karma and Handwork, their second store, located in Winchester, MA.
At Karma we celebrate human connection and the joy our curated goods bring to our community. Together we share a commitment to living consciously and the joy of human interaction. Our boutique is a place where we engage in conversations about families, activism, and beauty.
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