Support Shipibo Artisans & Fashion Designers

by Alianza Arkana
Support Shipibo Artisans & Fashion Designers
Sep 2, 2020

Kene Coloring Book - Re-defining Strategies During COVID-19 Pandemic

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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Location: Yarinacocha, Ucayali - Peru
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