- About VK Lillie
VK Lillie — Vanessa & Kira Lillie, A mother daughter collaboration. Vanessa is the inspiration and Kira is the creator of these hand made medicine bags. Each one is uniquely made with vintage leather gloves, semi precious/meaningful stones, Japanese seed beads and finished with Italian gold dipped or pure silver diamond cut ball chain.
This particular style of medicine bag was originally created and thought up by Vanessa Lillie thanks to her interest in Native American culture & bead work. The technique was then passed on to her daughter at a very early age, creating them together for craft fairs and friends. Now, After years working in the fashion industry, Kira has combined her vision of fashion today with the technique of her mother to create VK Lillie.
These extremely personal objects are made to give you strength and power on a day to day basis. Each one made only by the hands of Vanessa or Kira.
- What is a Medicine Bag?
From ancient times, a medicine bag is an object that holds spiritual significance to the wearer. Items are placed inside this small pouch/necklace which are specially chosen. These may include plants with healing properties, stones, items you may have found a special attraction to/resonance with in your life, or meaningful things you have been given. The essence of these special items creates an energy field in your medicine bag and that energy is a force that surrounds you and empowers you. The contents of a medicine bag often change throughout life as your needs change.
Born in Boulder, Colorado, Vanessa became immersed in Native American culture and spirituality at the early age of 16. She was profoundly impressed by its philosophy which understands the importance of respecting and honoring the Earth as the universal Mother, and all creatures and beings as equals. Vanessa also finds strength and support from what the Native Americans call the “Great Spirit”, the creator of all things. With her knowledge of beading, which was passed down from Kira’s grandmother, Vanessa began to mix her passion for bead work with an old Native American tradition, creating her own interpretation of the “medicine bag” which she passed on to her daughter Kira. Vanessa wears her medicine bag, which she fills with meaningful object and healing stones, interchanging them according to the challenge in her life at hand. Vanessa has dedicated her life to healing and teaching, with profound knowledge in Acupressure, Reiki, and Yoga. She now resides in Thermopolis, Wyoming where she works as a healer in her studio “Wind River - Massage Therapy and Healing Arts” and continues to make medicine bags for her Community.
Born in Boulder, Colorado and raised in California, Kira inherited her knowledge of Native American culture and spirituality from her mother Vanessa. Kira grew up with her mother’s creativity and passion for bead work and as long as she can remember she would sit beside her acquiring the difficult skills necessary to create the small, intricate medicine bags with their minuscule beads and tough leather. Today, after years spent in Milan, Paris, and NY working in the fashion industry, Kira has decided to bring an ancient Native American tradition to a world where elegance is often just skin-deep. Kira believes that these little treasures help make a meaningful difference in everyone’s life, not only aesthetically but also spiritually.
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