Matsigenka Patterned Tsagi

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100% organic cotton, natural pigment.
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The techniques used for Matsigenka textiles are reserved for women only and are transmitted from one generation to the other within the same family.

The  Matsigenka use native cotton from their territory to produce traditional cushmas and other woven products such as the tsagi; a small cotton handbag with intricate geometric motifs. For pieces like these, small wooden hand looms are used.

Dimensions (approximate): 28.5cm x 32cm, strap drop 60cm


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Matsigenka

The Matsigenka are one of numerous tribes culturally alive in the Peruvian Amazon and as for millennia they are connected to nature through their rainforest home, producing numerous artefacts from locally sourced materials.

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CERAMICS
JEWELRY
TEXTILES

The techniques used for Matsigenka textile items are reserved for women only and are transmitted from one generation to the other within the same family.

Their iconography is woven into geometric designs whose patterns are woven depending on the story being told, using a base of four colours: white, cream, brown and pink; the pigments are derived from plants and tree barks. Their designs can often represent whether the person is married or single, to personality features or individual tastes. For small products such as bracelets, wooden hand looms are used, while for larger pieces like cushmas or handbags, back strap looms are utilized. The entire production process of an adult cushma, from cotton picking to the finished piece, can take up to 2 months and more. As a tradition, it is during the first menstrual period that girls must spin all the thread necessary for her first cushma.

HUNTING
NATURAL PRODUCTS
jempo

Jempos are a common element used among Matsigenka people to carry any kind of object or material. They are made from a vegetable fibre called cetico. The material is obtained from the bark of the tree with the same name, the cetico. This bark is softened in the water to extract from its finer fibres. Later, the fibres are twisted together to obtain the fine thread with which the jempos are woven by hand.

In their designs, they also create patterns by adding the colour purple, which they obtain by rubbing the yarn with sanipanga leaves.

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