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META Jewelry and Handwoven Textiles

Materials

Photo by Arden Wray

Photo by Arden Wray

Fibers:

Linen: This fiber is made from the flax plant. It is said that linen has the highest vibrational energy of any natural fabric. These fibers appear to be some of the oldest in the world and date back to about 8000 BC. In ancient Egypt, mummies were wrapped in linen as a symbol of light and purity, and as a display of wealth. 

Hemp: A similar texture to linen, hemp is made front the cannabis sativa plant. It is a strong and durable fiber, and contains natural anti-bacterial properties. Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants known and as been cultivated by many civilizations for over 12,000 years. 

Dyes:

Alkanet: This dye is found in the roots of plants belonging to the borage family. It produces a lightish-lavender colour. It grows throughout central Europe, central Asia and North Africa. The dyestuff must be soaked in a solution of alcohol (I use vodka!) to draw out the colour because it is not water soluble. 

Black Walnut: The dye comes from the husks of the nut and produces light and brown colours. Great artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt used it as an ink for writing and drawing. Black Walnut has been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years and throughout history for treatment of intestinal problems, snakebites, open wounds, ulcers, scurvy, and as one of the most effective laxatives available. 

Brazilwood: Comes from the heartwood of trees found on Brazilian coastlines. It produces warm reds, deep crimsons and a mulberry color when added with iron.  

Cochineal: Comes from the insect - Dactylopius coccus - which colonizes the prickly pear cactus that is native to Mexico, Central and South America. It produces a range of fuchsias, reds and purples. Cochineal is also often used in cosmetics, food and drugs. 

Logwood: The heartwood of the logwood tree and generates deep, rich, red purples to orchid blues and has been used as a dye since the 16th century. This tree can be found in Mexico, Central America, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Brazil, the Guyannas, Madagascar and India. 

Madder Root: Madder produces turkey reds, mulberry, orange-red, terracotta and is often used in combinations with other dyes to produce crimson, purple, rust, browns and near black. Madder is found throughout India, south east Asia, Turkey, Europe, south China, parts of Africa, Australia and Japan. It is one of the oldest dyes ever known. 

Osage: Comes from the shredded wood of the tree Maclura pomifera and grows throughout the south and central United States. Osage produces a soft yellow and olive/moss green if added with iron. 

Metals:

Copper: Copper is essential to all living organisms and is found in the human liver, muscle and bone. Aphrodite and Venus represented copper in mythology and alchemy, because of its lustrous beauty, its ancient use in producing mirrors, and its association with Cyprus, which was sacred to the goddess. In ancient India, copper was used in the holistic medical science Ayurveda for surgical instruments and other medical equipment. Ancient Egyptians used copper for sterilizing wounds and drinking water, and later on for headaches, burns, and itching. Metaphysically, Copper is known to stimulate the flow of energy and enhance psychic abilities. Known as an energy conductor copper can move energy, amplify thoughts, assist in channeling and communicating with higher dimensional beings. 

Sterling silver: This metal originated in Europe and was used for trade as early as the 12th century in the area that is now northern Germany. Like the moon and water, silver is reflective and used to mirror the soul bringing the wearer more in tune with the flow of the universe. Silver is used to draw down the moon during lunar ceremonies, giving the wearer use of the moons energy and increased psychic and intuitive capacities.

Ceramics:

Terra cotta clay: From early times, humans have shared a primordial relationship with clay and have been fascinated with the ability to mold and cast the very earth to suit their needs and bring forth creative passion. Terra Cotta, or "baked earth" , is a red clay used since ancient times for functional and artistic uses.