This beautiful hand crafted macrame dream catcher is made using a natural cane and woven with a long-lasting wax-covered thread.
Wrapped and braided using traditional techniques by Nepalese artisans, they are often decorated with beads, crystals and stones.
Product Features: Measures 11 inches by 3 inches
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The Story Behind the Art:
Dream Catchers are often referred to as Sacred Hoops. The original Dream Catcher can be traced back to the Ojibwe Native American tribe where they were originally used as talismans to protect from bad dreams.
Traditionally shaped as a circle, it is believed the shape represented the circle of life and the travels of the sun and moon across the sky.
Woven like a spider web, dream catchers are meant to capture bad dreams during the night and hold them there until the sun of the morning can burn them away.
The strands that hang below are traditionally meant to take the good dreams and gently carry them down to the peaceful sleeper.
dZi Inc. has been working with artisans in the Tibetan exile community in India since 1990, and with Nepali artisans involved in traditional Tibetan style crafts since 1995. Their products are marketed as part of dZi’s ‘Tibet Collection’ line.
Authentic cloth prayer flags printed on hand-carved woodblocks are specially made for dZi by The Gu-Chu-Sum (9-10-3) Movement of Tibet, established in 1991 and based in Dharamsala, India.
Gu-Chu-Sum was first organized by ex-political prisoners from the Tibetan freedom movement; monks, nuns and lay people who had escaped from Tibet due to political persecution.
Its purpose is to provide employment and support to Tibetan refugees needing help in India, and to educate about human rights abuses in Tibet.
You can try to visit www.gu-chu-sum.org, but the Chinese Government regularly sabotage their site!
dZi’s screen printed prayer flags are made by the Tibetan Nuns Projection (TNP), also based in Dharamsala, India.
TNP’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment and education for Tibetan nuns who have fled Tibet for reasons of religious and political persecution.
Visit tnp.org to learn more.
dZi’s Paper Prayer flags and incense are made by Tibetan Handicraft in Kathmandu Nepal, a member of Fair Trade Group Nepal and leader among the handmade paper export community.
This business supports hundreds of people in the local community through its income generation enterprise, and runs an elementary school providing free and low cost education for local children.