View Full Version : Leather Goods? (Fantasy)

09-11-2011, 01:44 AM
So I think this is where to post this, so here goes. Character 1's wife just died. His father is a leatherworker. These people are both in a tribe of "barbarian" peoples who worship wolves and practice cremation to a sun goddess on death.

Anyway, the question is I want his father to make something pretty in leather for his son's wife's funeral pyre...what sort of things do you think could make appopriate gifts/offerings or whatnot in this situation? All I can think of for leather products is like a tooled belt or armband or some kind of breastplate. Maybe a shield? Any other ideas?

09-11-2011, 01:48 AM
Well, since he works with skins, my first thought would be some sort of fur blanket or wrap. Symbolic of keeping the loved one warm or protected on her journey to whatever magical land they believe in. It could be made out of pelts of various animals using the attributes of each animals in some way.

Just a thought.

09-11-2011, 08:18 AM
A leather necklace/choker as an amulet?

09-11-2011, 12:27 PM
How about a really nice pair of leather shoes, for the journey to the afterlife?

09-11-2011, 04:31 PM
A leather cloak, some gloves or shoes could be nice. What death mythology do they have? If journeys and trials are involved, then good leather clothing could be suitable.

Or if you want something more pretty, make something out of kid leather or rabbit.

Alessandra Kelley
09-11-2011, 05:29 PM
What about shoes or boots? Or a pair of gloves, the kind with big, decorated gauntlets?

09-11-2011, 06:43 PM
What about a small charm pouch that attaches to either the waist or as a type of pendant?

Knotted and tassled leather charm?


A wolf softie / plushie to represent her wolf guide in the afterlife?

Headdress of some sort?

Ring band / hair tie of braided leather -- strips were taken from different animals.


A simple messenger bag of some sort? (Depending your character's social beliefs, something of import may or may not be placed in there.)

Small trinket / treasure / memorabilia box? (Same function as the bag, or could be used as a symbol of an urn in which to store hers or a relative's ashes.)

Mask? (Ward off bad spirits on the journey to the afterlife.)

Quiver? (If a bow and arrows are also included.)

Water / mead / drink canister? (Treated leather, obviously.)

Tanned hide of the last prey the woman killed, or was killed in her honour, or some such symbolism?

Leather-wrapped knife hilt? (With the rest of the knife and sheath, etc.; could be a ceremonial dagger.)

Btw, have you taken a look at Ancient Egyptian burial practices and customs? How about Ancient Chinese ones? What about Nordic beliefs? These might give you more ideas.

09-11-2011, 09:34 PM
They burn bodies on death so that the smoke/fire will help the soul rise into the sky. Once there, they believe that the spirit (the person's "flame") joins into a giant fire behind the sky. Stars are holes in the sky through which this fire shines. The more "fully" someone lives their life, the brighter their flame is, so the better their spirit helps keep the fire alive.

The reason that fire is important is because they believe that each night, their Sun Goddess has to go back behind the sky (to get back to where she/it rises), and basically goes into the fire to renew herself so she can shine again the following day.

Thanks everyone for the ideas so far!