August 10, 2010

Give-Away! Handmade Tapestry (Peru)

 New Give-Away!  This tapestry hand embroidered by the Shipibo Indians of Peru´s Amazon Region!

Learn how to enter!  Contest ends August 30 at 5 PM EST.

I love these artisan fabrics, which require HAND-WASHING.  Each tapestry is one-of-a-kind.  This design is bordered by a dark brown fabric.  I have used these as thick table runers, but my favorite use for them is to make them into a comfy and unique decorative pillow, or as a conversation starting wall hanging!


More about the Shipibo Indians:

The Shipibo Indians reside at the southwestern edge of the vast Amazon Basin in Peru. Shipibo Indians are River Indians living along the banks and tributaries of the Amazon River. The Shipibo people are primarily artisns, hunters, and fishermen and some practice slash-and-burn agriculture. Primary tools are machetes and spears. Virtually none of the villages have electricity. A small number of Shipibo people live in Iquitos where they make and sell their uniquely patterned art and craft.

The Shipibo-Conibo consist of around 35,000 people living in three to four hundred villages located north and south of the town of Pucallpa on the Ucayali River, which connects Cuzco to the Brazilian Amazon. All of the villages use barter for trade, but their proximity to the burgeoning town of Pucallpa makes it inevitable that the people will soon be drawn into modern trade and exploitation.

They speak a language of the Panoan family, though some of them are starting to learn Spanish. Despite 300 years of sporadic contact with white or mestizo civilization, and massive conversion to Christianity in the 1950’s and 60’s the Shipibo-Conibos maintain a strong identity and retain their ancient ways. They are known for their intricate designs on their pottery and their bright clothing.

The Shipibo are well known for their distinctive pottery and textiles. In their culture the designs they use are traditionally copied from the skin of the Giant Anaconda or the heavens, such as the Southern Cross. Many other designs were given to them by their culture hero Incan ancestors. Their cotton cloth is hand painted in traditional designs. The cloth is worn as a wrap around loin cloth by the women of the tribe as well as being used for other functions.

(Text from the Peruvian Amazon Indian Institute)


  1. What a beautiful giveaway item! I just subscribed to recieve your emails. Can't wait to catch up at BlogPaws West.

  2. This is a gorgeous tapestry, and I'd love to know more how its design connects to the culture of the people who made it.


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