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Ever wonder how the concept of dream catchers came to be? Well, like many of the legends we hear about today, dreamcatchers too are said to be brought by the Native America, or more likely adopted by them through intermarriage. While the Lakota tribe, too, has its legend surrounding dreamcatchers, most believe that the Native American tribe, Ojibwa, passed down the tradition of the dream catcher. Deriving its name from spiders, it was believed that dreamcatchers would catch hold of every dream and sift through the good and the bad, allowing only the good ones to pass through while keeping the bad ones away, just like a spider’s web that catches everything it comes in contact with.
The Legend of the Spider Woman
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The Ojibwe tribe considered spiders to be a symbol of comfort and of protection, owing to the mysterious ‘Spider Woman’, a mystical woman who was said to be the protector of babies and young children and also of the tribe as a whole. But as the tribe grew in number, the ‘Spider Woman’ found it difficult to protect everyone within the tribe. She then created a dreamcatcher as a representation, symbolising her presence. Soon, mothers all over the tribe began making dreamcatchers to protect their children and their families from evil.
The Making of Dreamcatchers
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Made with yarn woven like a web within a willow hoop, and decorated with attractive paraphernalia like beads, feathers and things from treasure boxes, dreamcatchers were hung on the beds of children in the ancient ages to chase bad dreams away. If you want to make one for yourself, here’s what you would need:
Step 1: Wrap the yarn all around the hoop and secure it at the end as shown in figure 1.
Step 2: Loop the second yarn around the hoop (as shown in figure 2) and continue till the end as shown in figure 3. Remember to loop it exactly through the centre of the loops in the first row. You can also keep adding beads as you loop to make it more pretty.
Step 3: Once you have looped the yarn all around the hoop, begin looping it the same way but from within the first loops and continue until the end as shown in figure 4. Keep pulling the thread tighter as the circle gets smaller with each passing row while you head to the centre of the hoop.
Step 4: Continue doing this till you reach the centre of the hoop.
Step 5: When you reach the end, tie the loose end of the yarn where you made the final hitch and make a double knot so it doesn’t come undone. Snip off the end.
Step 6: Add a few feathers below the hoop with another piece of thread along with a hoop at the top to hang it with.
Step 7: Hang it in your rooms by the window and have a good night’s rest!
Modern Day Dreamcatchers
While it may have begun as a simple hoop with woven strings, dreamcatchers have evolved quite a lot over the years, making it one of the most mystical, yet beautiful, decorations to hang in your homes. The evolving designs and creativity used to create dreamcatchers have also made it a widely gifted item, owing to its allure.
Dreamcatchers redefining fashion
For those who thought dreamcatchers are passé, it is time to rethink. Dreamcatchers have managed to inspire and redefine fashion with the trend of using accessories shaped like one. And if you are one of those who loves the idea of dreamcatchers, here’s your chance to be inspired too!
Inked for a lifetime
If you love legends and aren’t ashamed to admit it, why not get inked and show the world what drives you! Dreamcatcher tattoos, while not quite the rage, are definitely something to admire. So, choose your favourite design and get on with it! You never know, it could be your ticket to a lifetime of blissful dreams.
So grab your hoop and yarns and add to your home décor with your very own dreamcatcher!