Designer Thoughts: I prefer to cleanse my sacred tools before using them and come from a Filipino culture that has historically used smoke cleansing as a sacred cleansing ritual to purify oneself and loved ones. Other indigenous Native Americans, Central and South American peoples, Asian and other cultures, also use purification rituals that use smoke, or smudging with plants like sage and palo santo, to similarly cleanse themselves, their spirit, or an area.
Wanting to respect and acknowledge that sacred tradition, but without a local spiritual elder to guide me through that process, I’ve wanted to create a sustainable design that shared the clarifying intent without contributing to over harvesting of any crops, and while highlighting its shared sacred roots. I understand the desire to cleanse yourself and things in a way that feels right, but also cannot create this without acknowledging the injustices and cultural appropriation that has happened to people related to it.
Working with this cloth and focusing on the cleansing intent throughout using it feels right to me by having all this history, love, and awareness at the heart of my process when using it. Wanting to share all of that, I created this design for anyone else similarly drawn to the cleansing process and are aware of its multifaceted roots. Most importantly, please do your own research, and follow what’s right for you.