paths-crossing-1 | by designer Republic of You

Unique Leather Finger Wear

Posted on October 8, 2013

We are super proud to present to you a unique collaboration between designers Buffalo Girl and Republic of You. We figure two artisans are better than one, so together we designed a gorgeous range of hand-cut, hand-stamped and hand-dyed leather rings handcrafted in the Buffalo Girl studio in Byron Bay, Australia. Using beautiful European leather designed to soften over time, these simple designs are standout pieces with three of the four designs depicting traditional Native American Indian symbols.

Native American Indians are deeply spiritual tribes people whose lives are dominated by rituals and beliefs which are closely connected to their sacred connection with nature. These beliefs are reflected in the various geometric symbols they use, and these symbols communicate their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation. The symbols are generally portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs, with the meaning for each varying greatly from one tribe to another and also across different tribal regions.

Some symbols convey immediately identifiable secret messages to other tribe members distinguishing particular clans, others are specific to individual families and passed down from one generation to another.  Other Native American symbols have more practical purposes such as recording important events, providing directions, acting as warning signs or indicating good hunting areas or areas designated for a specific purpose.

Native American geometric symbols are depicted on numerous objects such as their clothes, tepees, and horses just to name a few. An individual’s belongings are decorated with art and include symbols depicting achievements, acts of heroism, various spirit guides and notable events of his or her life.

In Native American culture the meaning of an arrow symbol is commonly interpreted as the symbol for protection, although this meaning can alter from tribe to tribe and also according to the direction the arrow is depicted. Generally, when an arrow points to the left it signifies warding off evil, a single arrow pointing to the right indicates protection, and an arrow pointing downward or a broken arrow symbolizes peace, whereas two crossed arrows symbolize Friendship. A cross symbol such as this, is commonly interpreted as the symbol for paths crossing.

It is important to point out that although Native American symbols commonly mean the same thing, it is not unheard of for the same symbol to have a completely different meaning from one tribe to another, therefore it is only possibly to generalize the most common meaning for Native American symbolism.

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  1. Annemarie Rolls October 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Really charming and so beautifully presented. Well done!!!

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