For the Shipibo-Conibo, an indigenous group from the Peruvian Amazon, one of the most significant codes is undoubtedly the design system that receives the name kené.
With kené they decorate their fabrics, ceramic objects, ornaments, clothing, canoes or even the human body. The kené has a very important symbolic value, because it is not just an element decorative of the Shipibo culture, but summarizes the worldview, the visual experience and aesthetics of that people over time.
In the Shipibos world, everything that exists is made up of designs and is really an opening to the infinite. To the nonperishable. The geometric designs tell stories about energy and form. They come from Ronin (anaconda), the cosmic snake that keeps on its skin all the geometric designs and colors that are seen during the visions of ayahuasca.

Selva. 2018. watercolor and chinese ink on paper. 42 x 29.7 cm                                                                                                 Ronin. 2019. fabric, cotton, fabric dyes. 190 x 6 x 6 cm
“Shipibo women have continued to refine their art through various techniques,especially oriented with the observation of the nature. Many plants or animals show kené, mainly anaconda (rono ewa, ronin) which is considered the "mother of the designs".

Barbec de Mori, B. & L. Mori de Barbec, 2009. La corona de la inspiración. Los diseños geométricos de los shipibo konibo y sus relaciones con cosmovisión y música. Indiana 26: 105-134. Berlin: Ibero-Amerikanisches Institute, p.111


Kené. 2019. embroidery. series of 2. 15 x 9.5 cm each

Anaconda. 2019. fabric, cotton, fabric dyes. 720 x 12 x 10 cm

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