There are 31 designs of the Yine indigenous people from the Peruvian Amazon. The iconography of Yine designs are based mainly on their animals, considered according to their physical qualities and the spots on their skins. One of the most used representations is the back of the boa known as ‘Mantona’. Other common representations are; the tiger’s footprint, the bones of deer and peccary, frogs, tiger’s skin and spots, turtles, symbols linked to the jaguar that can be seen from afar and represent power and strength. Formerly the chiefs had their ‘cushmas’ (ponchos) designed with the symbology of the jaguar.
The Yine designs are very varied and have particular meanings. The same design may have a different meaning in another village or community. These designs are a continuation from their traditional body art. The main colors used in the Yine textiles are:
- Red: Represents human and animal blood, relating to war and hunting in times which there are conflicts and wars;
- Black: Represents death;
- White: Represents peace and tranquility at a time when there are no wars or confrontations
All graphics are hand painted by master artisan, Emily, from the community of Monte Salvado, Madre de Dios, Peru.