Light weight white rayon blouse with extensive hand-embroidered detail on both shoulders. Size: Medium
The Shipibo Project:
Approximately 30 years ago, as many as 150 different ethno-linguistic groups could be identified living in the rainforest jungles of Peru. Today less than 30 ethnic groups remain. Among these survivors is one of the oldest ancestral groups, the Shipibo people, who now are at risk of becoming extinct. It is estimated that perhaps only 35,000 Shipibo remain living spread out in as many as 300 different family villages.
For centuries, these people have survived primarily through their relationship with the jungle and through activities such as hunting, fishing and traditional agriculture.
Shipibo artisans are well known for their colorful designs on pottery and textiles. Inspired byAyahuasca-induced visions, creation stories and mythic folklore, these refined geometrical designs
are sophisticated interpretations of cosmic realities.
I had the good fortune to spend a month immersed in one of the Shipibo villages which lies along the Ucayali River, one of the large offshoots of the Amazon. Although I was only there for a month, I fell deeply love with these warm, welcoming people, and their traditions. My hope is to give back to the single mothers and children of the village through the sale of this merchandise. Over 20 women, aged 12 to over 80, were commissioned to stitched their visions and dreams into the gently worn, natural fabric, vintage clothing I brought to Peru from the US this past spring. To say I was blown away by their work is an absolute understatement. The infuse each piece with so much love, vibration, song and energy that it's hard not to be slightly entranced by them! I was in the world of fashion and styling for over 20 years, and rarely did I see anything that came close to what these women do. It is an honor to work with them, and to learn from them. My hope is to be able to help them continue to spread the beauty of their art, and pass this important part of their culture down to future generations.
All profits from the sales of this merchandise will go to a NGO in Pucallpa, Peru that works directly with the Shipibo people - proceeds from my project will go specifically towards their programs working with women and children.