Support Shipibo Artisans & Fashion Designers

by Alianza Arkana
Support Shipibo Artisans & Fashion Designers
Fashion Show
Fashion Show

November was a month full of surprises and events! We worked a lot while perfecting the practice and learned new things.

The firsts professionals and originals products were ready: tee-shirts and bags!

The volunteer Camerina proposed a clothing reviving consisting of DIY t-shirt cutting, which demonstrated the transformation of making old clothes into new. The youth enjoyed this free and creative moment: scissors and chalk fought a joyous battle in the workshop!

The group had tried a new print technique: engraving. The principle of this practice is to remove material (wood or linoleum) to make the image appear in negative. Using cutting tools, patience and concentration as a creating requirement, we can apply a thin layer of ink with the help of a roller. We are ready for the final step of the process: gently add pressure to make a precise print.

Then we deepened a bases of sewing, where we learned to make fabric cutting patterns for inclusive unique clothing sizes with a standard of crossing: tee-shirt, kimono and a long skirt.

Two by two worked through troubleshooting how to make, and at the end of two lessons these forms were in the graph paper ready to try in the fabric.

We held three workshops: a workshop of silk screen printing for the Shipibo mothers, and the second we taught the foundation of sewing by making reusable sanitary napkins in the community of Santa Clara. Finally the youth taught 16 Americans students the process for making a natural dye and design workshop. All of these experiences were very beautiful to witness and rewarding for the Shipibo youth. 

For closure of the current  year, the Shipibo youth were proposed with a one week challenge to prepare a little fashion show : it was time to enforce our knowledge to create a first mini collection. In true fashionista spirit the group headed to the market to purchase fabric, after a preparatory workshop on pattern cutting on skirts, a kimono, shorts, tops, and trousers. 

This first fashion show was a huge success and for the youth a first indicator to a promising future as designers.


Step by step this youth project evolves at the same time as the youth.

It's a real pleasure to see this growth in the work as well as in their personalities!

Thank you so much for your role in making dreams a reality.

Fashion Show
Fashion Show
Improving the sewing mashine technique
Improving the sewing mashine technique
Kene Nete: sharing new skils with shipibo mothers
Kene Nete: sharing new skils with shipibo mothers
New learnt technique: Engraving
New learnt technique: Engraving
Sewing practice
Sewing practice
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Liz sewing for the first time
Liz sewing for the first time

The first part of the Kené Néte initiative was focused on traditional techniques. Now, we are starting to integrate traditional art with modern techniques.

Serigraphy is a popular screen printing process were an image is transferred to fabric by pressing color through a fabric stencil. This tool has great potential not only because of its versatility, but also because it allows individuals to be the creator of their own designs and produce them on a large or small scale while maintaining low costs. That is why in September we started learning this new technique.

Our textile screen printing class, taught by artist and Program Coordinator Susana Carreiras, began by designing and preparing a pattern. Youth participants chose and worked on different images, such as traditional geometric patterns, kéne, and Shipibo phrases, among others. Next they learned the process of developing and stamping. This part requires patience because only with practice is the color transferred to the fabric in an even way, resulting in a good impression. Luckily, our group has the time and desire to learn how to execute this process with high quality results.

Since the sewing is crucial for our innitiative,our classes began as soon as Camile arrived, this gifted French volunteer, is teaching us how to use a sewing machine for the first time. It is a big challenge, placing the thread, sewing a straight line, etc. However, little by little we are getting closer, and we have already started working on our first objective: tote bags. Some students have picked up the practice with ease, while others still require more practice!

We recognize that learning new things is a challenge, which is why we included meditation and other mindfulness techniques to our activities to give us focus and energy as we continue towards our goals.

We have acquired tote bags and t-shirts to screen print with our own designs. We believe you might be interested in acquiring some of these items, so as soon as our online shop is ready, we will share it with you! Income from these sales with allow us to support our project in an ongoing way, while giving confidence to the participants.

We are very excited about where this new step is taking us, and it is only possible due to your support. Thank you and we look forward to sharing another update with you soon!



Thank you !

Shipibo for "I love you", tote bag serigraphy
Shipibo for "I love you", tote bag serigraphy
Our volunteers, Camerina and Camile
Our volunteers, Camerina and Camile


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Location: Yarinacocha, Ucayali - Peru
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