Indian Summer Amulet Bag
Wool Breed: Merino Sheep
Height: 4 inches
Width: 4 ¾ inches
Strap Length: 27 inches from top of bag to top of strap
Embellishments: braided wool yarn (strap), brass sun motif button, fully lined with batik cotton fabric
Symbolism: sacrifice, protection
**Each bag is handmade from wool roving (the loosely combed & dyed or natural fibers of sheep’s wool) through the art of wet felting. Although the colors are depicted as closely as possible to the actual item, please be aware that colors may appear differently on your computer screen**
Evidence of amulet bags, medicine bags and other sacred vessels are scattered throughout several ancient cultures, including but not limited to Egypt, Africa and right here in North America. In Africa, gris-gris bags containing a myriad of talismans and amulets were imbued with voodoo magic and worn as protection from evil or to bring good luck.
Egyptians superstitiously carried scrolls inscribed with magicians’ spells and enclosed in metal capsules to bring good fortune for themselves or to curse someone who had wronged them. Beaded Native American amulet bags and soft leather medicine pouches are probably the most commonly recognized by our modern culture and are still used today.
Inspiration for the Indian Summer Amulet bag is borrowed from a short but sweet Lakota Indian legend. (In brief summary:) As summer came to a close and the temperatures dropped, grass and flower folk were suffering, for they had no protection from the cold. He who looks after the things of His creation observed this and declared that the trees should drop their leaves as protection for the roots of the grass and flowers. In repayment for the loss of their leaves, He allowed them one last brilliant display of their beauty. And this is why Indian Summer brings on such gorgeous color before the leaves fall to blanket and protect the earth.