Tree of Life Dreamcatchers from Denpasar, Bali. Medium 50cm, Large 75cm.
These intricate dreamcatchers have been handmade from natural materials; Bamboo and Cotton.
For a long time Dream catchers and Tree of Life symbols have carried a deep significance.
The origin of the dreamcatcher remains somewhat a mystery due to the pain that was the European colonisation of the Native American people and their ancestral lands. However, many sources state this tradition was started by the Ojibwe tribe. According to Ojibwe legend, Asibikaashi ‘Spider Woman’ brought the Sun back to the Sky each morning. As the Ojibwe people spread all over Mother Earth, Asibakaashi could not get to everyone so she asked grandmothers, mothers and daughters to weave webs to hang over newborn babies as they slept. They believe the night air is full of dreams, the bad ones get caught in the web whilst the good ones flow through the web and down the feathers to the dreamer. Then, in the morning the bad dreams get burnt away by the rising Sun.
The Tree of Life symbol has been found as early as 7000 BC in Turkey. However this is a symbol which spans many religions and philosophies. For many, the tree represents strength, growth and a sense of connectedness to all. The tree reminds us of our 'humanness' how we are experiencing an interdependent existence on this earth. Like the tree relies on the sunshine, the earth, the rain and the seasons to live and develop fully, we too need other humans, nature's abundance, the moon, sun and stars to live out a full and nourishing life.