Shipibo artisans are known for depicting their ayahuasca based cosmology in the intricate designs of their luminous fabrics. We are proud to work and collaborate with authentic Shipibo embroidery inspired by ayahuasca visions and songs. These sacred geometric patterns are songs, prayers and blessings used to protect and armor body and spirit!
All Shipibo textiles are created by the women. Patterns, called Kene, depicting Ayahuasca-based cosmology are applied to natural, undyed cotton cloth (often grown themselves) or on cotton dyed in mahogany bark. The pattern is applied with a pointed bamboo "quill" or an iron nail using the juice of Huito (Genipa americana) berries, which produces a blue-brown-black dye. The patterns are visual music maps or scores documenting songs and chants (Icaros) used by shamans during ayahuasca healing ceremonies.
Our embroideries are entirely handmade, from several days to months of work by the shipibo comunities. Check Our Gallery for bigger photographs.