Pouches (cotton broadcloth) Average size is 13x18 cm (7"x5") - Medium
Métis and First Nations crafted cotton drawstring pouches in solids as well as a variety of Indigenous inspired patterns. Aprox 5"x7" finished size with silk ribbon draw string. Tobacco pouches are used to contain the sacred medicine and are given as part of an offering to an Elder/Teacher. Tobacco, is one of our four sacred medicines. The offerings can be placed in a Tobacco pouch or "Tobacco tie." If the offering is generic, or for a particularly large offering, then a Tobacco pouch is both suitable and convenient because a pouch is re-closeable and can be reused again and again. If the offering is part of a specific ceremony, sometimes Tobacco ties are required. A Tobacco tie is simply a pinch of Tobacco placed inside a square of broadcloth, usually tied off in a special way, and ends up kind of resembling a mini Halloween ghost. For example, traditional fasts often require participants to make a specific number of Tobacco ties. The number of Tobacco ties varies depending on the ceremony. Ties are strung together in such a way as to "loop but not create a knot" so as to allow the unencumbered flow of energy. Then they are hung in a way that is appropriate to the specific ceremony. The number, particular colour of broadcloth, and the style in which it is done and location hung generally depends on the Elder's teachings as well as the type and purpose of the ceremony.