17 April 2017

The Chindi Project

On Good Friday I found a cute little papier-mâché Easter Bunny when I was returning some items back to the craft aisle at Target. I decided I would try to make my Chindi rag project come to fruition because I have not been lucky enough to find a papier-mâché reindeer at Christmastime for the past 3 Christmases, and I didn't want to wait another 7-8 months to do this project.

Saturday evening I got busy tearing t-shirts into strips, twisting them and then hot gluing them onto my bunny. I ran out of glue sticks when I got to her belly button.  I had Scott and Emi stop by 3 stores to no avail.  One CVS was out of business, another closed and Walgreens did not have glue sticks. It was too late to head to Walmart because we the Easter Bunny had to fill the buckets and hide the eggs before bed so we were stuck with this for the night.

Chindi Bunny (in process)
Topless Bunny

Side note:  When I researched the meaning of "chindi," I found a couple of meanings. The first one was interesting and something I will ask my sister-in-law about someday (she is half Navajo).

In Navajo religious belief, a chindi (Navajo: chʼį́įdii) is the ghost left behind after a person dies, believed to leave the body with the decedent's last breath. It is everything that was bad about the person; the "residue that man has been unable to bring into universal harmony".

Yipes! That is NOT the meaning for my bunny.  When I saw the chindi reindeer idea in 2014, it reminded me of a rag rug I had in my first apartment, like this one:

As in Chindi, Himachal Pradesh, India NOT Chucky
So after the Easter celebration at my folks' house we stopped by Walmart to remedy the glue situation.  I was determined to go with the creative flow with this guy (or gal) but I wasn't sure how to make the ears pretty so I tied them off at the end.... Maybe I should have started from the top?

Chindi Bunny
Chindi Easter Bunny
I am pleased with how she came out and look forward to the next Chindi project.

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