Mycelium spirit shawl
"Fungi taught plants how to enter into the underworld. And it was only in the underworld that plants learned how to make community. Community that bridges differences: in species, in age, in biosemiotic language. Fungi taught plants that survival isn’t about individuation. It’s about becoming radically involved. So involved that you let your friends into your very genetics, into your root systems. " Sophie Strand
Each one of these shawls was conceived in small rituals during either the new or full moon, and carries a ceremonial essence to it.
These shawls are in essence medicine pieces and while they were being woven I was entering deep into prayer and journey to communicate with the animals and beings whose essence I wanted to weave into these prayer shawls.
The Mycelium prayer shawl holds the wild nature of the earth, soil and the deep connections that the network of fungi sends out between trees, roots and plants.
The colours are of the autumn, when the fruting bodies of reishi, turkey tail and other beautiful fungi are popping up all around and this was my inspiration...
It is about connection and communication...
The colours are reflected in the fungi that spring up after the spring equinox as Turkey Tails but also in the leaves of the fall time and within the life, death, rebirth cycles as well.
There is also something of magic in this weaving, and as I was working on these pieces I felt called to add in bits of golden threads, as well as shimmery ones to represent the magical side of their nature.
This cloak was made using organic cotton yarn at its base, and have added in merino wool and other textile and art yarns that look like scruffy wolf fur as I worked to create this unique, sacred piece.
This cloak comes with a beautifully hand carved wooden mushroom shawl pin so you can hold your shawl up over your shoulder. This shawl is longer than usual with extra long fringe at each end making it super cozy and almost blanket like.
*I tend to only work with cotton and merino wool yarns as I find them softer and less itchy to wear.*
These pieces are big and designed to wrap fully around you with one end and fold over your shoulder.
The best/easiest thing to do if you are unsure about the size is to take your favourite shawl and measure it for comparison.
If you have a smaller frame and would like to have something custom made for you please pop over to my other site nikiahseeds.com and fill out the custom form there. Not only do I make pieces that are just the right size, but together we can craft a sacred cloak or ancestral shawl just for you based on your own personal magic.
The length of this shawl is: 80" not counting the fringe and 96" with it
and the width is: 26"