What is Kené

Kené art is the design of  lines systems and geometric patterns made by indigenous women of the Shipibo-Conibo etnia from the Ucayali región –  Peru, on various surfaces, such as fabrics, ceramics, wood, and the human body, that could be painted, woven, or sculpted.

The Kené have a deep symbolic significance as they represent the worldview of indigenous peoples, energy pathways, the Milky Way, the geography of the forest, the wildlife, and others. Kene are the healing visions of indigenous peoples when they consume mother plants for therapeutic purposes. The Kenes are sung when the women go across the lines with the finger over the shipibo fabrics expressing the emotions that they reflect.

Also they represent knowledge, culture, history and aesthetics of the indigenous people, revealing the origin and the close links between the community and its territory.