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|This was a type of crown that was made for Shipibo-Conibo chief. These are no longer made or worn. The crown is crafted from bark and a weaving. The bark is soaked in water to give it flexibility and then shaped to the wearer's head. It is hand sewn to form a circle. There is a weaving that covers the outside of the crown. It is an intricate pattern of red, blue, white, black, green, and yellow cotton yarn. Geometrical designs are common among Shipibo-Conibo culture because it holds value and meaning that represents their beliefs. The ability to translate the meaning has since been lost, but it is still commonly seen in their art.
|This bunch of feathers is paired with a chieftan's crown of the Shipibo-Conibo people (1970.78.15.0015A). The bundle is made of white heron and macaw wing feathers. The macaw feathers are inserted through a hole in a small piece of wood that has been hollowed out. The white heron wing feathers are placed around the piece of wood and tied to the base using green string. This type of crown is no longer made or worn among the Shipibo-Conibo.
|This is used in weaving to move the fabric in and out. It is a long, wooden tool that is carved in the shape of a knife with "^" carved towards the tip.
|Piece of reed which goes between toes.
|Piece of reed which is at the waist.
|This is the part of the loom that is used to incorporate the thread into a weaving. The thread is red completing the continuous red patterns. It is quite common to find geometric designs among the Shipibo-Conibo because in the past the symbols had meaning that held their beliefs and values. The ability to interpret and translate that meaning has since been lost, but the designs are still present.
|This is the entire loom with the weaving attached. There are two wooden sticks that holds the strings. The cotton strings are different colours and woven into a geometric design of squares and lines. The weaving stops with another small piece of wood and leads to more open string. The spindle is attached with the red thread. It is quite common to find geometric designs among the Shipibo-Conibo because in the past the symbols had meaning that held their beliefs and values. The ability to interpret and translate that meaning has since been lost, but the designs are still present.
|Six long white feathers (wing primaries or tail), decorated with red, light blue, and green contour feathers and gray-white down feathers from a macaw. Handle is covered with natural color plant fibers which vaguely resemble tapa cloth. The fan is oval in shape and has a starburst of red and white down feathers at the top of the fan. There are cut wing feathers that extend in three lines from the starburst shape. From the fan handle, there is a line of gray down feathers and a second tier of red and blue underwing feathers.