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Shipibo Embroidery Cloth - Small

SKU: tx0009

 • Product Size: 14" L  x  10.5" W

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Shipibo - Textiles

Hand embroidered Shipibo-Conibo cotton cloth features a lovely original intricate design in striking colors inspired by the Shipibo's relationship with their ayahuasca based, jungle cosmology. Created by Shipibo women, each piece takes weeks to create and is an original piece of living art.  These cloths can be used for an overlay on your altar or used as wall hangings. Made in Peru.

Measures 14 x 10.5 inches

The design on this cloth is said to bring good thoughts and less stress.

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  • The intricate pattern embroidered in this cloth is a song-pattern, and depending on its size, can take an entire month to complete. 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. "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. "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.Source: Woven Songs Of The Amazon (Icaros and Weavings of The Shipibo Shamans) by Barrett H. Martin

  • Shipibo - Textiles

    Shipibo-Conibo, Amazon, Peru
    Approximately 30 years ago, as many as 150 different ethno-linguistic groups could be identified living in the rainforest jungles of Peru. Today less than 30 ethnic groups remain. Among these survivors is one of the oldest ancestral groups, the Shipibo people, who now are at risk of becoming extinct. It is estimated that perhaps only 35,000 Shipibo remain living spread out in as many as 300 different family villages. For centuries, these people have survived primarily through their relationship with the jungle and through activities such as hunting, fishing and traditional agriculture.

    Shipibo artisans are well known for their colorful designs on pottery and textiles. Inspired by Ayahuasca-induced visions, creation stories and mythic folklore, these refined geometrical designs are sophisticated interpretations of cosmic realities

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