Omamori: Japanese talisman pouch making & embroidered magic
with Erika Harada.
Thursday July 27th, 7:30pm
$35, includes materials.
We will be touching on the long and somewhat mysterious history of Japanese talismanic charm pouches known as Omamori, as well as the contents of the bag -- objects will be provided, such as certain crystals and sigils known as fuda, that participants can put inside before it is stitched shut. For this portion of the workshop, please think of what you want to specifically be protected against in advance, as that will determine the contents of your bag, along with the sigil used. The bag will then be finished with a sealing knot called the Omamori musubi.
After we make the Omamori, we will be working on making a few pieces of Semamori, or protective embroidery, which are traditional symbols typically stitched onto items of clothing on the upper back area for young children. This old tradition has recently been revived, and has started appearing on clothing meant for adults as well. We will be stitching a few symbols onto provided pieces of felt, which can then be used as patches or sewn onto your own clothes as a protective charm.
Basic sewing skills are not required for this class, but will probably make it a bit easier.
Please come prepared with a needle and black thread, an article of clothing you would want embroidered for protection (optional), and an idea of specific problems you would like to protect against.
Erika Harada is an artist and craftsperson who is infinitely curious about the universe and how it works. She loves studying anthropology, along with biology and natural sciences, and finds it easier to balance spiritual beliefs with scientific principle than one would think. Her latest line of products include wearables and talismans that merge contemporary pagan principles with her roots in Japanese animism.