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Shipibo Embroidery & Painted Cloth

SKU: tx0391

 • Product Size: 28.5" L  x  25" H

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Hand Made
Supports Indigenous Cultures

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Shipibo-Conibo: Pucallpa

The spirit of the Shipibo is incorporated into this cloth creation showcasing two different types of their art: their hand-painting and embroidery. These designs are based on the Shipibo ayahuasca-inspired medicine songs called icaros. No two patterns are exactly alike and all are hypnotically beautiful.

Created deep in the Peruvian Amazon jungle by Shipibo women. Use these as ground or overlay cloths for your altar or sacred space. They make beautiful wall hangings too.

Measures 28.5 x 25 inches.

This design represents a song for healing the body and for tranquility of the mind.

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  • Features:

    Two different types of Shibipo artwork: painting and embroidery.

    Designs based on the Shipibo ayahuasca-inspired medicine songs called icaros.

    Original intricate colorful kaleidoscopic embroidery and tracing.

    Created in the Peruvian Amazon jungle by Shipibo women.

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    Shipibo-Conibo: Pucallpa

    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.

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