International Women’s Day
We celebrate today with a blanket based on Hopi basketry. Stand strong on this day and every day.
Like beloved Pendleton blankets, Hopi baskets are passed from generation to generation and offered as gifts from friend to friend. These intricately woven baskets and the ceremony associated with them inspired our Basket Dance Blanket. Its design celebrates Hopi craftsmanship and traditions. A Hopi basket is offered as a sign of kinship, friendship and sharing.
The Basket Dance
Autumn is the time of the Basket Dance, a harvest ceremony performed by women of the Lakon Society of basket weavers. The women first gather in a kiva to fast, pray and chant. They then emerge chanting and dancing while raising and lowering baskets to the four directions of the compass. Traditionally the women toss many baskets to onlookers afterward. This harvest dance of sharing and generosity ensures rain and bountiful crops the next spring.
See the blanket here: BASKET DANCE
The Hopi culture is built around honorable, peaceful reverence for life and nature. You can read more about their beliefs here: The Peaceful ones & Gift of the Earth
Thanks for the beach image by FireHawk: Timeless Earth Wisdom