I just returned from Salt Lake City .... time spent with family and Christmas activities. I never go to Utah, between October and March, without taking my warmest coat.
Faux sheep skin with a luscious minky soft lining and faux fur trim...... It may be all from a polyester and acrylic blend, but I could face the climb at Mt. Everest and be cozy warm.
I photographed my coat in my backyard (green grass, no snow........yes, I live in the desert) before I left for the Utah "tundra".
The seamed detail, hand cross stitches, toggle buttons in the shape of bear claws and fur trim all combine to make a unique design.
The back is embroidered with a "dream catcher"
The dream catcher is fashioned from a hoop of red willow with a webbing of animal sinue which takes the form of a web (like a spider’s web). Attached at the bottom of the loop are a bead (usually seed or carved wood) and a feather.
The dream catcher is hung above a sleeping area in a place where the morning light can hit it. The nature of the Dream Catcher will attract all sorts of dreams to its webs. When bad dreams come, they do not know the way through the web and get caught in the webbing where the first light of day causes them to melt away and perish. The good dreams knowing the way go through the center of the web and slide down the feather to the sleeper below.
(taken from the dreamcatchers.org website)
The coat was a gift from friends as we were visiting the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in Idaho.
You can read more about this area and Indian culture by clicking HERE