Completely cut off by roads in the northern jungle of Peru we discovered some jaw dropping hand embroidered textiles and some very lovely people. Completely different in style to other parts of Peru these intense embroidered and hand painted designs combine jungle flora with geometric patterns. The story behind each design is as exotic as the jungle.
Inspiration comes from the visions experienced during Ayahuasca healing ceremonies held deep in the forest. The hallucinogenic inspiration is all clear in the vibrant colours and maze of patterns. The designs and techniques have been passed down through the generations and are still recreated and worn by the tribes today. Among the selection we collected we struck gold in finding these larger textiles which could only be destined for glory.
Here at A Rum Fellow we love nothing more than mixing age old traditional styles and techniques to create something new. In this case fusing the traditions of two very different cultures; British quilting and Amazonian tribal textiles. We decided the colourful intensity of these Amazonian textiles would perfectly transform into quilts and carry a taste of the rich tropical jungle into any room.
Even though the emphasis was on the Peruvian panels, we wanted to make sure that the underside of the quilts had something to say too. In keeping with the fearless use of colour our Amazonian friends are born with, it felt right to use bright colours on the back and add geometric highlights.
A couple of finished pieces from the collection bringing a taste of the jungle home.
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