The Tree of Life Embroidery Kit is inspired by a 15th century textile fragment with a cypress tree motif. The Cypress tree motif originated as a Persian motif then made it way into ancient Roman and Greek art and became a symbol of mourning which continued into medieval art. In the Christian age, classical symbols of mourning came to be overlaid with connotations of the Resurrection because of the understanding that death is the path to new life. So, the traditional tree of mourning symbolizes both death and life, which is why the design is named Tree of Life. It's a reminder that so much of life is intertwined--sorrow and joy, dark and light, death and life.
Each kit includes the design stamped with waterproof archival ink on 100% Kona cotton (so you can wash the design after if you like), DMC 100% cotton embroidery floss, John James size 7 embroidery needle, stitch instruction booklet, and stitch diagram.