Trend  Talk : Know about Dream Catchers

ojibweCheck out the latest trend and you see Dream catchers everywhere in home décor, lockets, pendants, earrings and more.  Look closely and you can see intricate work depicting a geometrical pattern assembled in a certain way. Dream catchers  are originally from south America and belong to the native people of Ojibwe nation.  Let us know a little bit more on the legend behind it and also its construction.

Once upon a time, a grandmother was busy sewing when her grandchild came in with food. He saw a spider and wanted to kill it. Shocked, the grandmother stopped him and told him not to kill the spider which did no harm to him. Thankful for saving its life, the spider wove a magic web and gave it to the grandmother saying that it will catch all the bad dreams and allow only good ones to reach her.  From then on, the Ojibwa people named it ‘asabikeshiinh’ meaning dream trapper and make this magic web and hang it on the top of baby cradles to catch bad dreams and allow good dream to flow through. The next morning when Sun rises, all the bad dreams caught would disappear.

A dream catcher is made up of a ring, web, beads, and feathers symbolizing nature and five elements we need to survive. What intrigued me the most is the design used in the dream catcher. If you know kolam, then you must know the ‘Idhaya Thamarai’ or ‘Aishwarya’ kolam we do at our homes.  This is much similar to it.

Check out these dream catcher versions you get, if you want to own it but no guarantee on the originality of the design or the way it is made 🙂

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Dreamcatcher wind chimes in Flipkart

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Dreamcatcher Pendant in flipkart

I have always wondered about the geometrical patterns we use in our spiritual and associated practices.  I have an interest in South American culture and heritage and have done studies on the same and surprisingly many of their customs and traditions seem to be much similar to ours. I will be doing a detailed post on this soon.

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Posted on January 7, 2016, in Art, Beauty, Fashion, home and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Archana Kapoor

    wow.. I always wanted to know this… thanks Katie 🙂

  2. Katie, a great post! I have near thought that Kolam part .. each practice we follow as its own meaning! I always envy our ancestors, those ppl were geniuses! Waiting for your detailed post 🙂

    • Yes Divya. Some information I am going to write is going to be so revealing that you will be thrilled. Just one info – You must have read about pathala logam right? That is nothing but South America. Check out and you will see Brazil is directly behind India in the globe. Interesting isn’t it?

      Best
      Katie

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