This is a . . . . . . hmmmmmmm, I’m not quite sure how to describe it.
It is inspired by the medicine, or sacred bundles used by many Native American tribes. Medicine bundles consist of a large piece of cloth tied with string containing artifacts, eg stones, beads, shells, wood, crystals, tobacco which are considered sacred. Medicine bundles may be personal or tribal and are used for dreaming, the vision quest, protection, meditation or hunting.
Tribal bundles were often called ” grandmothers” as they carried nourishment and nurturing power for the continued well being of the people.
So this is a journey bundle made from canvas, silk, suede, slate, wood, beads and handmade paper. Not quite a map, it is used as a guide on the soul journey. That’s it! A soul journey bundle.
The bundle is lined with lilac silk and unrolls to reveal river-washed slate touchstones, wrapped and placed along a vein of gold silk, the essence of the soul.
riverjourney bundle – inside (20.5″ x 7.75″)
In alchemy, a touchstone is a small tablet of dark stone used to determine the purity of precious metals. On the soul journey, a touchstone can be a person, place, book, work of art, experience or anything which when coming into contact with, brings one’s truest, deepest essence to light.
Numinous – inspiring awe and reverence
On the outside a stylized design of the river is worked in silk dupioni, silk organza and suede.
soul journey bundle – outside
A piece of river driftwood and a suede loop secure the bundle.