I found this motif on an old traditional Romanian blouse (IA) that my great grandmother handmade when she was young, somewhere around 1925-1930. I tried for many months to find the meaning of this symbol and from my initial research I gathered that it represents "The Bird Goddess" - the one who can be seen only by the pure at heart. In ancient times it was believed that she is the one to guide the souls to Heaven when the time comes.
Later on I came across a resource that mentions that this motif has its origins in Byzantine Empire or Ottoman Empire and appeared on Romanian territories when they were invaded by the Ottomans. Both resources might be valid and for the ones that speak Romanian, you can find the story of my lost and found IA here: http://epochtimes-romania.com/news/ziua-universala-a-iei-doua-ii-si-o-poveste-vie-la-sezatoarea-campeneasca-vorbesc-romaneste---262268 (scroll down to "Doua ii si o poveste")
This is not a finished product but you will get everything you need to make one yourself:
- Embroidery floss (including their DMC codes) - Embroidery needle - Aida cloth (oatmeal colour) - 7" hoop - felt for finishing the back - Full Colour Booklet with basic instructions and recommendations - Pattern with colour codes - Symbol meaning
This kit comes gift ready in a hand made burlap bag with wooden decoration and white ribbon. The bag can be used as a gift bag for your finished product as well. Please let me know if you would like to add a personal message to it.
This design was stitched on 14 count Aida cloth over 2 threads with all 6 strands of the embroidery floss.
I would love to see your final work. Please share it with me.
The kit will be shipped to you once full payment has been received.