Shipibo is a hand-painted cloth that is traditionally produced in the Peruvian jungle. Every fabric that is made is unique and contains the designs of the painter. On average it takes two days to paint a cloth of shipibo and three days to wash – it’s an art form in and of itself.
The women of Emady always buy the shipibo that is hand-painted and naturally dyed. The have a good relationship with a woman from the city of Pucallpa who makes shipibo cloths. She gives them a good product that maintains its color. With the demand for artisan products outside of Peru, it has become common for companies to industrially stamp cloth with a shipibo design to reduce the cost and cut the time it takes to produce. One time, when their supplier from Pucallpa was not available, they bought shipibo cloth from someone else. It turned out that this product had been industrially stamped and when they washed the fabric, all of the dye ran out. Ever since, they have been careful to only buy shipibo they know is made naturally and by hand.