Xapiri – Amazonian Geometrics
July 21, 2016
Categories Amazon Rainforest
Tags assurini, body paint, geometric, kayapo, textiles, tukano, xapiri
For the latest Xapiri blog, we explore the fascinating, beautiful and sometimes hypnotising world of the geometric patterns widely used in Amazonian indigenous culture. Geometric designs can be seen in many places, from body painting, basketry, textiles, ceramics, clothing and the rainforest itself.
‘There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.’ – Pythagoras
To the untrained eye these stylised patterns may appear as just simple decoration but they in fact represent the mythology of the jungle and play an important role in tribal life and tradition.
For the indigenous people, these designs are an art form abundant in meaning, which we feel are comparable to many art forms of the western world, being paintings or sculpture.
Often, the patterns are representations of the flora and fauna from within the jungle they live, where many elements can be seen; the jaguar and its…
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