Kene, in the language of the Shipibo-Conibo people, means the drawing of your path.
Before the Shipibos met the Incas and learn to use cotton to weave, they drew the Kene on their bodies. Hands, chest, face and feet, for a special and mysterious purpose. With it, they lived related to the forest.
There are many books about the Kene, many people interested and hundreds of anthropologists that have interpreted and talk about it. But still, so little we know about the Kene.
The Kene reveals their « cosmovision », the knowledge and the aesthetic. With more than 35 000 individuals, they represent the most popular tribe of the Peruvian rainforest.
The art of the Kene traditionally belongs to women. It is not about drawings portraying landscapes, animals or people. The geometrics lines of the Kene first originate in the world of the mind by showing themselves through visions or dreams before appearing to the physical world. The elders say the Kene is the musical drawing of your path. Each one is unique.
All the drawings take root from the spots that are present on the snakes’ skin called Ronin, the anaconda and guardian of the water. Ronin is the major figure of their « cosmovision » .