When last did you buy something that felt Special? Something of Quality, made with Love & totally Unique? These were the questions Sonja Nell, CEO & founder of the Gurmuki™ brand, was contemplating when she brought her ideals of a real Hand Made boot to life.
Not being able to find a warm woollen boot that is both stylish, nice to look at and durable, she decided to make her own.
“In the beginning, I didn’t know anything about shoemaking, or design, or manufacturing procedures, or cost at that stage, but I knew of a whole lot of people with the same needs as mine.
And the more I started to share the idea, the more people confirmed that need. So I did it. I started investigating, and people and information started coming into my life, and before I knew it, I was buying machinery and raw materials, and the inspiration grew and grew. And my vision grew and grew. During this whole process I kept in mind my intention, which is to help other people as well as myself.”
Sonja is also a practitioner of Kundalini Yoga and its’ principles are very sacred her.
Her spiritual beliefs and the experiences gained from living with tribal people in the Peruvian Amazon forest and the jungles of Indonesia, has become part of who she is as a person.
She is now paying it forward through shoes and other quality products, that edifies a life of simplicity and quality.
The name Gurmuki means “from the mouth of the Guru”.
Gurmuki is a Sacred Language used in Kundalini Yoga to chant Mantras to bring Light and Healing into the body and into the earth.
“It is my vision that every pair of shoes that leave the factory carry with it this light and beautiful intention for a world filled with love and compassion and the knowing that we are all one life.”
– Sonja Nell
Gurmuki™ is thus more than a product, it is our way of spreading the light to the world. Each of us have a responsibility at this stage of human evolution to add to the upliftment of human kind. We want to bring people closer to their native, original, humble selves. Where there is no need for masks or the fears of the ego.
We want to remind people in some or other way of the sanctity of the native people; people who respect their beliefs and honour mother earth, who live in harmony with nature and each other.
Gurmuki boots can be found at the R44 market in Stellenbosch on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as online.
Take a look at our great promotional video. Gurmuki boots made in Cape Town.