This item is completely handmade by a family of the Shipibo tribe. The items they make are always of high quality and completely unique.
This is a great way for us all to support the indigenous communities of the world whilst providing a way for tribes to hold onto their traditions.
The Shipibo Tribe is famed for their distinctive geometric designs used in their artisan handmade crafts such as ceramics, textiles, and embroideries. The designs vary in intricacies but often include prominent use of maze like patterns, which are directly connected to their beliefs in cosmology and ayahuasca medicine work.
The Shipibo-Conibo are an indigenous people along the Ucayali River in the Amazon rainforest in Peru. Formerly two groups, the Shipibo (apemen) and the Conibo (fishmen), they eventually became one distinct tribe through intermarriage and communal ritual and are currently known as the Shipibo-Conibo people.
The Shipibo people have a population of between 35,000 and 40,000 people and are one of the largest and most resilient tribes in the Peruvian Amazon. Today, the Shipibo live in approximately 150 small communities nestled along the Ucayali River.
The Shipibo people are a resilient tribe, and despite numerous attacks on their culture and traditions, they have retained their traditional knowledge and customs.
Glass beads were not used until the colonists brought them from Europe 500 years ago, but they quickly became part of Indigenous cultures. Today glass beads, particularly fine seed beads, are the primary materials for traditional beaders of many tribes. Beading is not simple. In fact, it can take several months to complete a single bead-work.
This particular type of jewellery has been designed by the Shipibo communities who are very skilled crafters. Their bead-work designs include animals, trees, rivers and stars that represent sacred spirits that inhabit the Universe.
Each piece is beautifully created with a unique intricate design are highly desirable and would make a fine addition to any South American art collection or would be perfect for any bead lover, ideal for ceremony and special occasions.
The amazing glass bead work are unique to each one, all material used is natural, locally sourced and they’re infused with pure heart and soul energy. They hold a super special vibration and we are honoured to support their community.