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Cosmetic bag Shipibo pattern
100% fair trade item
Dimensions: approx. ca. 12 x 19 cm
Material: 100% cotton
The entire bag is made according to European standards and corresponds to the quality we know. However, artistically painted fabric was used by Shipibo Indians, which gives this bag an exotic touch.
Manufacturer: Women's association "Casa Betania" / San Marin de Porres, Lima, Peru
Things worth knowing about the Shipibo Indians:
The Shipibo Indians live in the Peruvian Amazon lowlands on the "Rio Ucayali", a source river of the Amazon. The Shipibo people comprise approximately 28,000 people. They live mainly from agriculture (cassava, corn, bananas and various tubers) as well as from hunting and fishing.
In addition, the Shipibo Indians are a people of artists. They are known for the richly ornamented pottery, clothing and carvings that the Shipibo women manufacture. They work as potters, weavers or fabric painters while their husbands are out hunting. They even decorate all their household and utility items with these patterns. These recurring characteristic patterns are called "quené". Many scientists are convinced that there is more to all of these patterns than just ornamentation, as these ornaments also play a very important role in the shamanism of Shipibo. You are certain that these geometric and graphic structures were created by Ayahuasca influence and, moreover, represent a kind of writing and medium for communication with the other reality. Ayahuasca shamanism is still cultivated by the Shipibo Indians and is guarded as a valuable legacy of ancient Indian wisdom.
The Shipibo produce man-sized ceramic vessels in which cassava beer is fermented, which must not be missing at any Shipibo festival and is poured in large quantities. The drinking vessels for the cassava beer are also relatively large. The size of these vessels is intended to emphasize the generosity of the Shipibo society that hosts the festival.