Mishquipanga (Renealmina alpina) – a dye plant from the Peruvian Amazon

Bora native artisan harvesting mishquipanga fruits. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Bora native artisan harvesting mishquipanga fruits. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Mishquipanga (Renealmina alpina) – a dye plant from the Peruvian Amazon is the first in a series of videos produced by the Center for Amazon Community Ecology about dye plants of the Peruvian Amazon. See the full album of mishquipanga plants and use.

Bora native artisan Ines Chichaco from Brillo Nuevo on the Ampiyacu River describes how she and other artisans harvest and process mishquipanga fruits from this ginger family plant to dye chambira fiber purple and mix the dyed fiber with mud to turn the fiber navy blue for weaving handicrafts.

English subtitles.are provided for the original narration in Spanish. CACE is documenting the use of these dye plants as part of its project to assist native artisans and communities to improve the sustainable harvest, diversity, quality and marketing of handicrafts to improve family income and forest conservation.

Mishquipanga red and black fruits. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Mishquipanga red and black fruits. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Bora native artisan Ines Chichaco with mishquipanga. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Bora native artisan Ines Chichaco with mishquipanga. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Mishquipanga fruit pulp and pod. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Mishquipanga fruit pulp and pod. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Bora artisan daughter mashing mishquipanga. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Bora artisan daughter mashing mishquipanga. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Mashing mishquipanga fruit pods. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Mashing mishquipanga fruit pods. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Mixing mud with mishquipanga dyed chambira. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Mixing mud with mishquipanga dyed chambira. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Chambira fiber dyed with mishquipanga and mud. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Chambira fiber dyed with mishquipanga and mud. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Chambira basket dyed purple with mishquipanga. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Chambira basket dyed purple with mishquipanga. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Chambira hot pad dyed dark blue with mishquipanga and mud. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Chambira hot pad dyed dark blue with mishquipanga and mud. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

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