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    Celtic Claddagh Love Ring and Kazakh Shanyrak meet together

    Celtic Claddagh Love Ring and Kazakh Shanyrak meet together | Kazakhsha Leather Art Studio

    Recently I have completed a new order and quite unusual. 

    The design and motive is the combination of famous Celtic Claddagh Love ring and Kazakh Shanyrak (symbol of strong family, and constant growth and development).
    This bag could be carried as the shoulder bag.

    Claddagh Ring Meaning

    "The Claddagh's distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).
    The way that a Claddagh ring is worn on the hand is usually intended to convey the wearer's romantic availability, or lack thereof.
    Traditionally, if the ring is on the right hand with the heart facing outward and away from the body, this indicates that the person wearing the ring is not in any serious relationship, and may in fact be single and looking for a relationship: "their heart is open."
    When worn on the right hand but with the heart facing inward toward the body, this indicates the person wearing the ring is in a relationship, or that "someone has captured their heart".
    A Claddagh worn on the left hand ring finger facing outward away from the body generally indicates that the wearer is engaged.
    When the ring is on the left hand ring finger and facing inward toward the body, it generally means that the person wearing the ring is married."

    Kazakhs Shanyrak meaning

    Home > Shanyrak - a symbol of the house
    Often you can hear a toast on weddings "happiness and kindness to your shanyrak!". The visitors wishing well-being and tranquility celebrating the new family formation. Nova days "shanyrak" has more associative value, but before its meaning and importance were much deeper.

    Generally , shanyrak is a wooden rim, reinforcing the yurt inside at the center fixing supportive poles - kuldereushi. The cross in the circle marks the perpetual motion in nature, the sun is a symbol of life. Four end points are sides of World: North - South, West - East. Ancient nomads could even use Shanyrak as sky compass.
    Due to its structure, on the one hand, shanyrak was considered as the boundary between the top and bottom worlds, the other - between the outer and the inner space. Earlier through shanyrak yurt residents contacted the sacred celestial bodies: the Sun, Moon and stars. To attract good luck into the house and a talisman for the dome circumference of a circle hung colored woolen cords ayakbau with tassels at the ends, with a predominance of red or triangular hangers tumarsha with buttons.

    Searhorse Celtic shoulder bag

    Searhorse Celtic shoulder bag | Kazakhsha Leather Art Studio

    Today I have completed a new bag, it is very cute Celtic design of Seahorse in navy blue color with hand painted Seahorse as the center piece of the bag. And I have a funny story behind making of this bag, which I would like to share. 

    Initially, when I started making this bag, I looked at the design and thought, "oh, cute Celtic deer". I love making things with meaning and positive thoughts, so I knew "Celtic deer" cannot be bad, in fact it must be good and probably has a positive meaning (of course from Celtics point of view).


    I transferred the image to the leather hide, spent long 4 hours tooling the design. When I was done with tooling I decided to take a photo of tooled design right before a  dye job. I set the camera and looked at the tooled image through my camera and immediately realized, "IT IS NOT A DEER, IT IS THE SEAHORSE".

    The whole concept of initial design was immediately compromised. I planned to make this bag in earthy colours but now I wanted to make it differently. In mean time I desided to Google for symbolic meaning of the Seahorse and was surprisingly pleasant. 

    If you would like to purchase this bag, it is available in my shop for £165. 


    Seahorse Meaning and Symbolism


    The symbolic meaning of seahorse is quite intricate and diverse as this little creature itself is full of surprises.

    The seahorse is quite a unique creature, and thought to have mystical significance among the Ancient Greeks, European (alchemists) and Asians.

    The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the seahorse was an attribute of the sea god Neptune/Poseidon and as such, the seahorse was considered a symbol of strength and power.

    Further, the ancient Eurpeans believed that the seahorse carried the souls of deceased sailors to the underworld - giving them safe passage and protection until they met their soul's destination.

    Chinese cultures believed that the seahorse was a type of sea dragon, and as such they were revered for their power and thought to be symbols of good luck.

    Sailors have long viewed the seahorse as a good luck charm too.

    Symbolic meaning of Seahorses carry the following significances...

    Symbolic Seahorse Meaning

    • Patience
    • Protection
    • Perspective
    • Inflexibility
    • Persistence
    • Friendliness
    • Contentment
    • High-Perception
    • Generosity/Sharing


    A relatively calm, and mild-mannered creature, the seahorse is seemingly content to roam the seas. Their bodies are geared for ambling-type motion - not for speed. Thus, they are symbolic of patience and contentment - they are happy with being where they are, and are in no hurry for advancement.

    Further testimony to these attributes is the lack of evolution of the seahorse's body style. They have remained with this body style without change since their inception.Content to be who they are, and not feeling the need to change - these are a few profound lessons the seahorse provides us.

    However, along with a resistence to change, and a carefree approach to progress, the seahorse can be a symbol of inflexibilty or stubborness. To wit, the seahorse wraps its tail around the nearest object in order to anchor itself in turbulent waters. This is a lesson to be persistent in our goals, but be mindful that we are not too inflexible or stubborn in our achieving them.


    A unique aspect of the seahorse is that the male is impregnated by the female and carries the offspring to term. This is a message of sharing the load in the home, and gaining perspective of both sides (genders) of an argument or situation.

    The seahorse has a boney exoskeleton which is a message of protection. Often when the seahorse comes to us it is a sign that we either need protection from our external circumstances, or we are building walls that aren't needed. Their armor-bodies are a sign that sometimes we might need to let our guard down - or perhaps we are leaving ourselves too open to get hurt.

    Lastly among the long list of symbolic meaning of the seahorse and its lessons is the idea of perception. The eyesight of the seahorse is incredibly sharp, and each eye moves independently. We take this as a symbolic message of perception andawareness of those around us and our situations. When we are lost or confused, the seahorse asks us to take a good look around - not just with our physical eyes but with our spiritual eyes in order to get a better persepective of the situations.

    Thus concludes this summary on the symbolic meaning of the seahorse. Check out the this bag in my online shop or buy it now