Handmade Dream Catcher – bNifty
Handmade Dream Catcher
Handmade Dream Catcher
Handmade Dream Catcher
Handmade Dream Catcher
Handmade Dream Catcher
Handmade Dream Catcher
Handmade Dream Catcher

Handmade Dream Catcher

£11.99


  • Don't let bad dreams disturb your nights!
  • Hoop is 13cm in diameter, 37cm long when hung 

Description
This beautiful dream catcher is handmade following a traditional technique - a delicate hoop with a semi-precious turquoise stone accenting the web, wooden beads, high quality yarn and beautiful feather gracing the bottom of it. The hoop is approximately 13cm in diameter and is approximately 37cm long when hung.
The shape of the dream catcher is a circle representing the circle of life and how the sun and moon travel each day and night across the sky. The dream catcher web catches the bad dreams during the night and dispose of them when the day comes. As for the good dreams, the feathers act as a fluffy, pillow-like ladder that allows them to gently descend upon the sleeping person undisturbed. According to some American Indians, the beads symbolise the spider—the web weaver itself. Others believe the beads symbolise the good dreams that could not pass through the web, immortalised in the form of sacred charms.
Today the dream catcher is associated with Native American culture in general, but dream catchers are often believed to have originated from the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe in particular. The Ojibwe word for dream catcher asabikeshiinh actually means "spider," referring to the web woven to loosely cover the hoop. The patterns of the dream catcher are similar to the webbing the Native Americans also used for making snowshoes. While many cultures find spiders to be creepy crawlers, the Ojibwe people found them to be a symbol of protection and comfort. According to the Ojibwa story, a mystical and maternal "Spider Woman" served as the spiritual protector for the tribe, especially for young children, kids and babies. As the Ojibwe people continued to grow and spread out across the land, The Spider Woman found it difficult to continue to protect and watch over all the members of the tribe as they migrated farther and farther away. Hence the reason she created the first dream catcher. Following her example, mothers and grandmothers would recreate the maternal keepsake to mystically protect their children and families from afar.

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