Support Shipibo Artisans & Fashion Designers

by Alianza Arkana
Support Shipibo Artisans & Fashion Designers

Today, though still facing the difficulties brought by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, and approaching what seems to be a third wave for Peru, we are starting to work on the plan we elaborated as our guide to reactivate and keep working up until the end of 2021. Though there are some supplies and materials that are impossible to acquire in Ucayali, we are innovating and working with what we have and can get.

As Kene Nete, a collective of Shipibo-konibo artisans, our main goal as Kene Nete is to have a finished mini collection by the 13th of October, anniversary of the capital of Ucayali, Pucallpa. We plan to be able to show around 10 different outfits, comprised of embroidered, hand painted and screen printed garments, as well as a diverse accessories, all featuring traditional and current interpretations of our ancestral designs: kené. Given the conditions, we hope to showcase this collection in a fashion show as part of the celebrations of the city’s anniversary.

We currently are building local connections with independent fairs, as well online resources to be able to sell this collection not only in Pucallpa, but also in different cities in Peru and the world. As soon as we have enough funding, we also plan to engage in formative workshops to better our sewing, dyeing, screen printing and embroidering abilities. This will allow us not only to continue working despite the setbacks we have been facing, but also to better our work, so that we can continue to grow and thus benefit more and more Shipibo youths and their families though the promotion of sustainable fashion and our culture.

Recently, we were invited by the Municipality of Coronel Portillo to participate in the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where our work will be showcased among the production of other indigenous artisans and artists of the province. We have already turned in our best pieces to the office in charge, and are eagerly waiting for upcoming news and results of our presence there.

Hopefully we will soon be able to show all of our supporters the results of our hard work.

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Selling products
Selling products

 

Faced with the difficult situation of the COVID 19 pandemic, our Kene Nete collective paralyzed their activities during the 2020 and the first months of the year 2021. We were mainly affected by the restrictions imposed by the government and also because many of the members of our collective and their families suffered from Covid.

With trade restricted for long periods, it was difficult for us to acquire supplies such as textiles, yarns, buttons, etc. In addition, the paralysis of tourist activity left us without a market where we could offer our products. For this reason, we were forced to stop the production and elaboration of garments. For us, young Shipibo-Konibo artists, it is a challenge to position ourselves in the fashion industry with identity.

However, we are adopting to the new normality and little by little, new opportunities are opening up to us. We received an invitation from the Shipibo Digital TV program "Non Kaya" to do a live fashion show of our collection and use the social media broadcast to launch the pre-sale of the garments we made before the pandemic. Many Shipibo Konibo models wore our clothes and we had a great acceptance from the public who tuned in.

Because we didn't sell all our garments, we did a photo shoot and through our social networks we continued with the sales. In addition, we participated in the clothing sales fair "Inoa Xatan Fashion", offering our products along with other fashion initiatives in our region.

This new year we have all the energy to continue showing you our work and our bet, to make sustainable fashion with that identity that we inherited from our Shipibo Konibo culture!

 

Jatibi jakon!

Fashion Show
Fashion Show
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INTERVIEWING THE ARTISANS
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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyJv6udVjLE&feature=youtu.be

DRESSING AN ARTISAN
DRESSING AN ARTISAN
PREPARING AN ARTISAN FOR THE PHOTO SHOOT
PREPARING AN ARTISAN FOR THE PHOTO SHOOT
TAKING PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH
TAKING PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH

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Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot

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.

However, we have united as an international community to face this situation, and with the support of Amazon Watch, we have come up with a very creative solution: an Online Kené Coloring Book for sale! The Kené refers to the ancestral Shipibo-Konibo geometric designs, which are usually embroidered and/or painted in cloths, or used to decorate ceramic pieces. Since the selling of these physical items has become inaccesible, we are now working on a digital book which contains these beautiful geometric patterns and pictures of the artisans that drew them. These designs will be digitalized so that those who purchase the e-book can print and paint them from the comfort of their home. Through this e-book, we will distribute a fair percentage of the profits to each artisan involved, so that they can make an income in these trying times. 

We are very proud of the intercultural team that came together to make this e-book a reality. Our team is comprised of 6 Shipibo-Konibo youth, 3 peruvian Alianza Arkana staff members, 1 portuguese Alianza Arkana staff member and 35 Shipibo-Konibo artisan mothers. We are currently interviewing the artisan mothers in their native tongue, executing a portrait photoshoot for each of the artisans involved, and recording the "behind the scenes" process. Next steps include editing the photos and videos, translating all interviews to Spanish and English, and beginning with the editorial design of the book. Stay tuned for more news on the Kené Coloring Book project soon! You can subscribe to our mailing list here, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you for supporting Shipibo-Konibo youth!

Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
Kene Coloring Book - Photo shoot
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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our activities have come to a standstill, and we are refocusing the way we are working this year and adapting ourselves to these uncertain times.

Each of us are in our homes, with our families, and abiding by the policies of the Peruvian government.

Unable to leave our homes, we are adapting to the digital sphere and are joining virtual initiatives such as The Fashion Revolution Week. Together with the global community of sustainable brands we are sensibilizing consumers to the importance of knowing who made their clothes and what are the stories behind the artisans. 

Supporting small sustainable businesses is not only being aware of the products we consume, it is valuing the work of those who make them. Slow fashion is a form of resistance to capitalist consumption dynamics and is also part of the fight against labor exploitation. Our pieces are unique, designed and produced by ourselves and each garment is made by several hands. The ancestral designs and embroidery that adorn our creations carry a knowledge passed down from generation to generation that make our indigenous fashion a unique and innovative movement. 

This past month we have also been dedicated to our financial sustainability by writing two grants. One for the FRIDA Foundation, which is dedicated to empower young feminists and another, for SACRED FIRE FOUNDATION, which promotes sustainable projects that revitalize indigenous ancestral practices. We have also been contacting future buyers to promote our accessories online. We have hope that we will thrive in these changing times!

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