Known for the intricate artwork adorning their ceremonial and quotidian artifacts, the Shipibo-Conibo peoples have traditionally been found in the most remote parts of the Amazon river basin. Even with access to the developed world increasing daily, the tribes have maintained a culture rooted in their home environment. Every aspect of their lives is influenced by the natural world, and by a conviction that how they journey through this life affects the next.
Embroidered Memories was created 24 months ago and it is an adventure in research and production between a group of Parisian craftsmen, a photographer and myself. It is an art project that speaks of collective memory and migration, of sharing and of cultural diversity, up-cycling and a new process of collaborative production.
Beyond the most well known tourist attractions of Machu Picchu and the Nazca lines, the Andean region hosts a less obvious hidden treasure: Andean textiles, products of one of the richest, oldest and continuous weaving traditions in the world.
Pre-Columbian Andean societies once buried their distinguished deceased ancestors wrapped in finely-woven textiles. As the Pacific coastal regions of Peru, Chile and Ecuador are amongst the driest in the world, most of these ancient fabrics are still extremely well preserved, even after thousands of years.
Roshanara Bi was unlikely to become one of the top weavers of aheshwar. Born into a poor family from the Muslim area of town, at age 16 she was married off to a young man from a neighboring village. She bore a son but did not want to stay in the marriage, and after three years returned home. Shamed by her decision, her father insisted that she stay inside the house, but a staff member from Rehwa Society offered her a place in its one-year training program for hand-loom weaving and she defied her father by attending.
Arnold Hass’ design journey has taken him to Africa and Latin America where he has worked with traditional techniques in modern ways to create the Wubet Collection of fashion accessories. A globetrotter with an acute eye and a passion for the hand made, Arnold’s journey has explored, researched and collaborated with artisans to achieve new languages in oversized scarves that are handmade in limited editions.