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Magical Things, the Cloths of the Shipibo Indians

Magical Things, the Cloths of the Shipibo Indians

By Pamela Livingston

Shipibo Woman with her cloths and bags

Shipibo Woman with her cloths and bags

Magical Things are the Shipibo cloths, made by the beautiful ladies and girls who you see sitting in the shade at the Plaza de Armas, Iquitos Peru, their fingers quietly working with the colored threads, casting spells. Don’t walk by too many times without looking, as there might be something here for you, and you are so close!

Nowhere else in the world will you find these designs, made by hand with the patience of centuries; if they look familiar, it might be because they speak to you of a deep current within your own heart or memory. More than visual, they are energetic and are known to be the expressions of healing songs, used in ceremony by the ayahuasceros, or lullabies of the Mother. Wrap yourself in the healing colors and patters.

I think every house in the world would benefit from a bit of this ancient code on the wall or bed, from where an unraveling of the magic would occur; a movement of healing energy would enter.

Each artist with her bag of beautiful things has much to show, and it’s worth looking. It’s as if the earth herself was revealing treasures to you from under the soil, one after another, just for a minute, and then they disappear again. So if one speaks to you, buy it! You might never see it, or hear its song again.

Beauty brings health; so bring some of this beauty home with you. It teaches a freedom which is orderly at the same time, in the highest way-a natural order, recognized since ancient times by people in the jungle to help them live in peace and kindness and balance.

They are still here, smiling and offering these gifts. They come up from Pucallpa with their babies and bundles, hoping to sell, so that they can go back to loved ones, a long, long ride away on the riverboat, with a bit of needed cash. The cloths often take a month or more to make but you will enjoy the living quality for your whole life.

So a big Thank You, to these lovely people, may they continue to be able to make and to share their magic!

Magical things, the cloths of the Shipibo Indians

Magical things, the cloths of the Shipibo Indians

Magical Things, the Cloths of the Shipibo Indians

If you enjoyed reading Magical Things, the Cloths of the Shipibo Indians, you will also want to read another great article by Pamela titled; La Casa Buena

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