Since the beginning of time, crafts have been fashioned and given special significance. From amulets made by cave-dwellers to the dream-catchers of Native American Indians, crafts can have beautiful and often very moving meanings to the giver, receiver and maker. In this book we cross the globe in search of crafts that can be made which have a value beyond themselves, as instruments to signify all manner of mystical and other meanings. Many are derived from wise, ancient culture.
The book is divided into six chapters, each one focusing on a different craft medium. Chapter One looks at crafts which use materials taken from nature - create an original Aboriginal Tree Bark Painting, or a North American Indian dream-catcher. Chapter Two explores how items or symbols are used to protect or bring good things to the wearer - learn how to make an Evil Eye protective amulet, or a Cuna Indian piece of mola applique.
Chapter Three features crafts from the earth, such as a Navajo sand painting and a Scarab brooch. Chapter Four looks at flowers and plants and their symbolism, and includes Indian chalk painting designs. Chapter Five features sewing, cloth and clothing. Chapter Six explores the versatility of paper, with Chinese paper lanterns, and shadow puppets.
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