Shipibo Women, Shipibo Tapestries, Shipibo Tapestry makers, Shipibo Life , Amazonian Culture
Shakruna supports the local Shipibo community to bring their Ayahuasca embroidered visions to the wider world. We support the handmade crafts of the Amazon basin and sell Fairtrade Shipibo Tapestries as well as Shipibo Embroidered Clothes for Ayahuasca Ceremonies.
Tetai Nomabo Sewing Circle
We are proud to introduce Tetai Nomabo which is Shipibo for ‘women that work’. This is a group of 23 women from different communities along the banks of the Ucayali River (some as far as 4 days travel from Pucallpa) with a shared vision of the future.
This group have formed a coalition that recognises the Shipibo as a tribal culture with an Artisanal heritage. Their dream to bridge the transition into the modern world is to have their own building in the tourist centre of Pucalpa, within which they can sell their art and create a cultural centre to share tribal dances, music and shamanic practices.
They are motivated to have a cultural centre, as the current method of selling is to wander the streets trying to find people to buy their art. Often women spend all day walking and make few if any sales as this area is saturated with many women doing the same to support their families.
The Shipibo have been travelling further and further from the Amazon Basin in order to find new custom for their beautiful work. Many of the women leave their children behind in order to visit new cities and make sales. Every area of Peru has its own specific Artisan culture and so often when the Shipibo travel they experience a lot of racism due to the perception of them bringing a different product into the area and hence competition.
These 23 women have created this group to write a constitution that gives them legal recognition for their heritage. This gives them a great sway with police trying to move them on and they are invited to represent the tribe at council cultural events.
Historically this culture would live from the jungle and all its abundance, eating from the trees and fishing form the river. To purchase basic food items to supplement the jungle larder the people would make tapestries of the Ayahuasca visions and sell jewellery made from the seeds found in the area. This brought a little money enough to get salt and rice and the rest was found from the jungle floor or cultivated in small cleared areas in order to grow yucca and other vegetables. The culture was sustainable by its nature and lived in harmony with the earth for generations.
As the area became deforested and the fish pushed further and further down river the tribal culture changed over the small space of 10 years. What once was a lush an abundant larder became scant and a desert to the hungry belly. Trees were sold for money to eat until there were no more trees and part of the community began to sever the roots of their heritage along with those of the jungle plants. There became a move of part of the community to join what we see as the modern world.
Whilst as a Westerner this makes me sad, this is where we are and so we are working with this group to help them to bring their art to the wider world.
How you can help
Shakruna Clothing and Community based projects is helping this part of the community by bringing work directly to their door and giving each family a sustainable and regular income.
In addition we are aiming to help them finance their dream of a cultural center to keep their traditions alive and share them with the wider world.
The rental on the cultural center space is $600 a month.
As with the Shamanic Family the average daily wage of a person in this area is between $3 and $9 which is between $90 and $270 a month. Thank you for your support!
If you would like to donate to the Tetai Nomabo group you can do so directly through the donate button or through the purchase of items through the shop. Thank you for your support!