This necktie is decorated with the tribal designs they call “Kenê” .These are the symbols they use in body painting and other spiritual art forms. When a Kenê is painted the force of that particular animal or symbol is invoked to bring protection or healing. They can be very particular from tribe to tribe and are a form of identification. They represent animals like the Boa Constrictor, the Butterfly, the Jaguar and others.
These pieces are all original one offs made by members of the community. Many times they are inspired by medicine visions. They are not woven but knotted bead by bead using a special technique. Making a necktie this size is an arduous job taking several days.
Handicrafts are of extreme importance to the communities both in the family and in the preservation of ancestral traditions. When a Kenê is imprinted each image has its own significance used in the form of body painting, everyday objects and ritual occasions. They combine history, memory and art and have sacred meaning, creating the connection with forest beings, the ancestral force, invoking courage, strength, power and wisdom. It is a language of great importance for the artistic and cultural heritage of these peoples, suggesting a present exchange, between ways of observing, experiencing and understanding the world.