• Product Size: 58" L x 26" W
Hand woven Shipibo falda cotton cloth is hand embroidered in geometric fractal designs representing traditional ceremonial sacred songs called icaros inspired by the Shipibo's relationship with their ayahuasca plant based, jungle cosmology. Used by Shipibo women as a wrap around skirt, you can use as a personal altar cloth or hang it as a work of art.
This design specifically represents energy and protection of bad spirits in the work place. Handmade in the Amazon jungle of Peru.
These song cloths are worn as women's faldas skirts. Traditionally the women wear a black or white skirt stitched with the opposite color thread and colorful, embroidered ornamentation. The skirt is usually woven with two specific icaros, i.e., shamanic power songs: the wisdom icaro and the protection icaro. These icaros seem to be a common theme in these cloths, and in fact, the use of protection songs are extremely important in the world of Amazonian shamanism, and have been given their own category name, Icaros Arkana. This is an all-inclusive term for any type of protection icaro, which is a result of the ongoing battles between shamans and brujos. The need for a garment imbued with one of these protection icaros is paramount to surviving one of these supernatural encounters, so a great deal of energy is put into their creation.These song-patterns are geometrically fractal in their design, and this is especially evident when one looks closely at the complexity of the modern stitching patterns. In analyzing this stitch work, I've determined three primary styles. First, these tiny stitches that make up the background patterns were explained by Herlinda Augustin, a revered Shipibo shaman and weaver, to be representative of the cosmic oneness and I have come to call this the atomic stitch. To the Shipibo, this oneness very literally connects all things in the universe.Over the top of the atomic 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...we see the visual metaphor of the shamanic staircase, represented as a descending song line.Along the main song line itself and at various points of intersection along its path, can be seen the beautiful geometric designs called the floras, this being a Shipibo term. These flowers represent turning points where the song may take a new direction, such as a new verse or chorus. According to Herlinda, it is also the point where new life is born into the cosmos.The colors of these flowers have significance as well, and they are woven in eight colors; black and white as the base colors of the cloth and primary stitch patterns; red corresponding with blood, childbirth, and the historical conflict between the Amazonian tribes; yellow for sunlight; green for the jungle; and blue for the rivers and lakes. Other colors include purple and orange their significance is not yet known.*Reference: Woven Songs Of The Amazon, Icaros and Weavings of The Shipibo Shamans by Barrett H. Martin
The Shipibo are one of 14 indigenous tribes living in the Amazon basin in Peru and at present consist of around 35,000 people living in over 300 villages in the Pucallpa area situated mainly along the Rio Ucayali. They believe that the universe was sung into being by a giant anaconda, and as she sang, the patterns of her skin covered the universe. The intricate weavings created for centuries by the Shipibo are an ornate representation of the serpent's skin and, at the same time, are the actual, written music for the songs (icaros). Traditionally, the knowledge of the weaving patterns and songs has been passed down through the women, but due to the recent presence of western influences on the younger generations of women, these traditions are rapidly being lost.
The textile you see here is from the family of the late Herlinda Augustine and other women of the village of San Francisco. Herlinda Fernandez Augustine was one of a few Shipibo-Conibo indigenous woman healers – onaya or auahuasca shaman, whose life work is a unique repertoire of ancient songs (called icaros) which she uses to affect healing of her people and change in the world around her. Her songs speak of the power of plants and the importance of harmony between Man and Nature. She was featured in the award winning documentary film by Anna Stevens and her icaros are featured in a CD by the same name. Herlinda is survived by her husband Enrique, mother Manuela, daughter Magdalena and son Henry. We work with Henry and his wife Anny in support of keeping the weaving tradition alive.
Shamans Market is a labor of love and service. We began our spiritual journey in 1994 learning the from wisdom keepers of many earth honoring wisdom traditions mostly in the Americas. We have travelled extensively in Peru and have made many meaningful heart connections with the people of this amazing country.
In 1999 after running out of many of the products we use in our Shamanic practice (and not having a trip to Peru in sight) we decided to import products for our friends and community. We were then and still are today excited to be supporting the growing shamanic community in the US and at the same time providing a fair trade outlet for the exquisite artisans and the indigenous people of the Andes, the Amazon, Tibet and around the world!
Over the years our offerings have grown and we are pleased to now offer these lifestyle products to promote living in harmony with each other and our Earth.
To offer quality products that promote a lifestyle of living in harmony with each other and our Earth.
Shamans Market offers fair trade, eco-friendly, artisan made, organic, natural, products. Many of these products support indigenous people maintain their ancient wisdom and culture.
A majority of our offerings come for Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Central America, Tibet, Nepal, India and the USA
Amazon rainforest preservation, medical support to Indigenous people & preserving indigenous wisdom by supporting the following non-profit charities: The Heart of the Healer Foundation, Camino Verde, Amazon Promise and Green America.
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