Sandhill Crane Amulet Pouch + Handmade Beaded Deer Hide + Ancient and Antique Beads, Handmade Yucca Fiber + Distressed + Wabi Sabi + Winter

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Sandhill Crane Amulet Pouch + Handmade Beaded Deer Hide + Ancient and Antique Beads, Handmade Yucca Fiber + Distressed + Wabi Sabi + Winter

310.00

Out of winter skies, a weathered and wabi sabi amulet pouch in the hues of the sandhill cranes.  Made entirely by hand and embellished with ancient, antique and contemporary beads.

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:: Crane Dancer ::

Recently a friend of mine, a farmer who lives in the southern San Luiz Valley in Colorado, gave me two feathers he had found on his land.  They were the wing feathers of a sandhill crane, shaded in soft hues of warm grey, lighter at the base and darkening towards the tip. My friend knew of my love of birds and we had talked about the wild beauty of the cranes as they arrived in the Rio Grande valley for their winter sojourn. A crane's call is unforgettable once you have heard it, a fluting creak that carries an ancient and transcendent medicine. Our New Mexico home is far enough above the river valley to make crane sightings infrequent, so when I do hear them I run out the door to see if I can spot them. Sometimes they fly overhead and I cast my heart up to them, blessing them and thanking them for being. Sometimes when I do this they will stop their journey and wheel overhead, acknowledging me. They are like souls in flight.

I was so captivated by these feathers that I created this amulet pouch in honor of the cranes.  Itself shaped in the long, tapering form of a feather, it is perfect for your small treasures and finds.  Right now it is holding several dried leaves of white desert sage, which you may burn for purification.  I began the pouch by hand-stitching soft, buff deer hide to create the asymmetrical shape.  This was then painstakingly beaded in outline on the front.  While I worked I had the feathers before me on the table, and constantly referred to them for hue and texture (they are also shown in the photos).  The beads for the outline and hanging cord were chosen to match the feather's colors, and like the feathers shift from light to dark from one end to the other.  A fine beaded edging along the top helps reinforce the soft leather.  The fringe was then cut and the pouch was distressed with water, natural inks and rubbed earth pigments, some of which I collected myself in the New Mexico desert.  I have seen some fantastic antique Native American objects and I tried to give this piece the same aura of time and experience.

A button closure keeps the contents of the pouch secure.  This is a truly ancient artifact, a carved shell bead from Afghanistan, 2,000-3,000 years old.  A length of my own handmade yucca fiber cordage loops over the shell to close the pouch; it is anchored to an African ostrich shell bead in the back, and adorned with ancient and antique beads of agate, shell, stone, clay and glass. 

On the fringe there are more ancient beads of agate, stone, shell and clay from Africa, South America and South Central Asia, and antique glass beads from Europe, Africa and parts unknown.  The very worn beads that look like dentalium shell appear to be glass imitations; they appear to be very old and were given to me by a friend; I can't seem to find any information about them, although it has been a common practice to imitate valuable materials like coral and amber for centuries.  Along with these are snake and fish vertebrae from Africa, fossil crinoid, stone, Czech glass, shell heishe, and beaded fringe.  Numerous linen fibers, yucca cordage and bits of cloth enrich the texture and give the pouch a feeling of wildness.   

This piece is at once fragile and fierce, wild and soft, like the beautiful, untamed cranes that inspired it.  Despite its generous proportions, it is light as a feather.  You could certainly wear it on a hike; it is very securely put together and further wear, stains and dust would only enhance it.  In more domestic settings, this would be beautiful worn with a grey or antler-hued sweater, or over any earthen color.   

SIZE:  The pouch with all fringe and tatters measures 10 x 3" , or 25.5cm x 7.5cm; the pouch can hold objects up to 4 1/8" x 1 1/8", or 105mm x 30mm.  When worn, the entire piece measures 23" or 59cm from the back of your neck to the end of the longest piece of fringe.

CARE:   Please respect the great age of these beads, shell and bone, and handle with care.  If necessary, it is possible to wash the entire pouch: use cool water with no soap and gently squeeze through.  Reshape and lay flat to dry...a warm boulder in the sun is ideal.

PRESENTATION: This amulet pouch will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See my shop policies below for details.

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