Add color and culture to any room in the house with a handmade ceramic Shipibo Tea Light Holder from Peru.
The Shipibo tribe, one of Peru's most ancient ethnic peoples, maintains a strong tribal identity, ancient shamanic traditions and an enduring sense of community and collective wisdom. Likewise, Shipibo artisans share a common artistic inspiration that allows them to collaborate on large pieces, working interchangeably to develop cohesive arts and ceramics that many think have been hand painted by a single artist.
- Measures 2" high x 4 3/4" diameter
- Available in Cherry, Green and White
Handmade in Peru and fair trade imported.
Shipibo art is well-known for its intricate designs, yet little understood by the outside world. Some anthropologists consider the geometric patterns an ancient language form; others speculate they represent an ancient cosmology, the mapping of the Amazon rivers or the shapes of an Anaconda. While anthropologists disagree on the exact meaning, art lovers may enjoy the elaborate design, soft curves and the light weight of each piece, which is handcrafted without the use of pottery wheels.
Shipibo ceramics have grown more involved over time, with sophisticated patterns passing from one generation of artisans to the next. Shipibo artisans, often the women of the village, are not formally trained. Rather, they're collectively inspired to create their own distinctive patterns and work together to produce a single piece. To an observer, each woman seems moved by the same artistic spirit; one woman can interrupt her work and assign another artisan to complete that particular piece. The finished art will look like it was made by a single artist. This is communal art at its finest.