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This beaded necklace was handmade by Shipibo-Konibo artist Olinda Reshinjabe Silvano, whose work is anchored in ancestral knowledge of shamanism, traditional crafts, and the sacred flora and fauna of the Amazonian jungle. This piece is made from the female seeds of the sarasara (Virgin’s Tears) and the male seeds of the huayruro and is meant to ward against jealousy and bad influences. Long used for its spiritual powers of good luck, the huayruro seeds are becoming increasingly rare due to deforestation in the Amazon.
As part of the exhibition Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity, Silvano collaborated with her son Ronin Koshi and Wilma Maynas to create Non Kenébo, 2022, a three-panelled painting of geometric and curvilinear designs that convey creation stories, mythologies, and everyday accounts.
Across the world, Silvano is renowned for her muralist practice and community activism. Much of the proceeds from her jewellery and embroidery sales are redistributed to fund educational, social, and cultural initiatives in her community of Cantagallo, Lima, Peru.
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