Friday, 2 March 2012

International craft- Ojo de Dios

Ojo de Dios or God`s Eye
This Mexican weaving craft is quick and simple for kids of all ages. We did this craft at Guides to cover a portion of the World Guiding Badge. I made this little one....It was really fun to make. 
``Hung in a child's hair or on the walls of homes, or tied to the ends of arrows, the sikuli's main purpose is to ensure children a long and healthy life.When a child is born, the central eye is woven by the father. Then one eye is added for every year of the child's life until the youngster reaches the age of five. The resulting design in the shape of a cross symbolizes the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The Ojo de Dios is the most well known symbol. The Indians believe the design of the eye has the power to heal and to protect. The Ojo de Dios is hung on the wall and used in ceremonies and prayer. The colours used have different meanings: red - life itself; yellow - sun moon and stars; blue - sky and water; brown - soil; green - vegetation; black - death``.  source Wikipedia
There are tons of examples of this craft on line ...just do a google search for Ojo de Dios and you will find a bunch of sites with tutorials and are a couple of really cool ones that I would love to know how to make.

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