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Shipibo Embroidery Cloth - Square - Ayahuasca

SKU: tx0213

Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 16.5 inches

Availability: In stock

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Our intricately hand embroidered Shipibo-Conibo cotton cloth features a striking traditional Peruvian Amazon pattern inspired by the Shipibo's relationship with their ayahuasca based, jungle cosmology. This icaro, or plant medicine song design, is said to represent energy of the ayahuasca plant.  It is expertly handstitched by Shipibo women. Made in Peru of 100 % cotton fabric.

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  • Fair Trade
  • Hand Made
  • Supports Indigenous Cultures


The intricate pattern embroidered in this cloth piece is a song-pattern, and depending on its size, can take an entire month to complete. Song patterns are geometrically fractal designs, and this is especially evident when one looks closely at the complexity of the stitching patterns…tiny stitches that make up the background patterns were explained by the late Herlinda Augustin, a revered Shipibo shaman and weaver, to be representative of the 'cosmic oneness… To the Shipibo, this oneness very literally connects all things in the universe.  Over the top of the stitch is the main song line, and these patterns are recognized holistically by the shaman as the main identifying characteristic of the corresponding icaro. When I observed the shamans singing a cloth, they would trace their index finger along this main song line pattern, the melody rising or descending in general accordance with the rise and fall of the line.  Source: Woven Songs Of The Amazon (Icaros and Weavings of The Shipibo Shamans) by Barrett H. Martin

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