Peru: Shipibo-Conibo, monochrome

The hand-drawn fabrics of the Shipibo-Conibo people draw upon centuries of Peruvian heritage and tradition.

Hand-etched in a centuries-old tradition

Mazelike and geometric, Shipibo-Conibo designs are drawn painstakingly by hand using dyes made from a combination of berries, mahogany bark and mud from the banks of the Amazon. Their intricate patterns and motifs speak to the shamanistic heritage and cosmology of a proud people — from the Southern Cross that divides the night sky to the cosmic serpent that encompasses all creation.

Our fabrics are created in Paoyán, a village in the lower Ucayali along the banks of the Amazon. Every village, family and weaver has their own unique pattern, passed down through generations of craftswomen. Your diary will feature the same overall black-and-white colour palette, but its pattern may differ from that pictured here.

Supporting communities, building understanding

Through its One Musubi initiative, the atelier reaches out to disadvantaged communities around the world threatened by everything from climate change to economic non-viability and even political and cultural discrimination. Working closely with local partners, the atelier uses its reach to give these indigenous artisans access to a wider market than they could achieve on their own.

By compensating these artisans fairly for their work we provide these communities with much-needed financial support and empowerment; by providing the proper respect and context for these crafts we raise awareness of the difficulties these communities face in trying to preserve their way of life.

Socially conscious craftsmanship

Every Musubi journal is handbound in Singapore by a team of artisans with physical and intellectual disabilities. Your purchase funds employment opportunities for these talented individuals.

Unique materials, meticulously sourced

Our special edition journals feature unique fabric and paper from around the world, showcasing the breadth and depth of human ingenuity and high technology. Each batch is made in small quantities limited by the amount of cloth available to the atelier, and as such may be difficult to restock once the production run is over.

Gift packaging included

Every diary comes ready to gift, packaged in a Musubi box with a certificate hand-signed by our team of artisans with disabilities. The certificate doubles as a bookmark and has a grid guide sheet printed on its reverse side.