INTERVIEWING THE ARTISANS
We are very proud to share the final results with the public, creating new ways to continue to thrive together and start the new year with such great and inspiring projects.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the whole world and the Amazon region has been hit particularly hard. With international borders closed and a drastic economic decrease in the tourism sector, all indigenous artisans, who are the main breadwinners of their families, are now under serious economical strain.
Closing probably the most difficult year in human history was challenging. Fortunately we had the opportunity to be part of the Alianza Arkana's initiative to generate sustainable solutions by creating Kené Sikati Kirika: a digital Kené Coloring Book to sell and support a group of a group of 30 artisan mothers, generating incomes for them in these difficult times, and at the same time, support us and empower the members of our collective throughout the process.
Kené refers to the ancestral Shipibo-Konibo geometric designs, which are usually illustrated on tapestries or ceramic pieces.
This very special e-book also aims to connect the general public with the unique legacy of Shipibo-Konibo designs by providing the opportunity not only to learn about the kené itself, but also to interact directly with each drawing through printable graphics to color.
We have been working on this digital Kené Coloring Book since September 2020 and we have asumed production roles working on the set design; convocating all the 30 artisans; working on the translation of all the interviews from Shipibo to Spanish; supporting the book's graphic design; and we have gained first-hand experience in budget management.
To create this project we had the support of Amazon Watch and their contribution has allowed for the participation of all Shipibo-Konibo collaborators and will continue to support indigenous families through the sale of this book.
We are very proud to share the end results with the public, creating new ways to continue to prosper together and start the new year with such great and inspiring projects.
VIDEO BEHIND THE SCENES:
DRESSING AN ARTISAN
PREPARING AN ARTISAN FOR THE PHOTO SHOOT
TAKING PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH