HAMSA - the hand symbol meaning “5” - is a middle eastern sign of good fortune, good luck and protection.The symbol has been adopted by many cultures in the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa - Morocco being the heart and inspiration of our designs.
Judeo-Arabic, the language I grew up hearing, and Arabic speaking people alike wish their friends “HAMSA ALEK” meaning “HAMSA ON YOU” (ALEK being short for aleckum). This common phase is seen as wishing good fortune, good luck and spiritual protection on the recipient of that blessing.
This business is the passion child for myself, Deborah Elfassy, a woman that grew up in a Jewish French Moroccan home rich with tradition, foods, and a unique culture. I'm here to share that love for Hamsa - the symbol around my home, neck and heart for as long as I could remember. My dear loving Mother still puts her hand on my face and says "Hamsa Alek!". This is where the name came from. From my Mama Titi.
The idea of evil eye, eyes of envy or jealousy, is something that many cultures share. It is the idea that someone can intentionally or unintentionally cause the Universe - G-d - the Oneness that connects us all, to question whether you truly deserve what others envy us for. I'm not sure if it's making much sense but, it's as if you look at someone and think "why do they have x and I have worked so hard and only have Y?". It triggers an "accounting" of sorts.
Do they truly deserve that? Maybe the Universe need to balance the scales a bit and throw some more challenges there way. Truth is people only see the outside. Especially now. We could all use some protection can't we? From negativity. We should be cheering each other on. Especially as other Women owned businesses.
Anyhow, I digress.... The "Hamsa" symbol, the Hand, is a shield to that. Often we see them with an eye or a fish design. The "Eye" symbolizes always have an eye open seeing what is around you. Likewise on the eye theme, a Fish's eyes never close so it's a symbol of a watchful eye.
So here I am. The next chapter of my life. I turn 50 in 2021. 2020 was a tough year for all of us and it was also the year I lost my father, My Papa Moise z"l. It changed me. The mysticism that both my parents passed down remain strong in my heart. It inspires me. It's my past with my present. It's a perfect blend of my eye for vintage style and my modern sense of style, mixed with my connection to my heritage. I've always loved HAMSAs. I hope you enjoy the pieces I've designed and curated from around the globe.
Most of the pieces are limited production so get them while you can because I have a lot to show you over this next year. I'm excited to have you on this journey with me.
HAMSA ALEK! Peace Love Protection Luck
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