The Forest Gives Everything – CUSHMA

Written by: Callie

Posted on December 12, 2014

Todays Gift – CUSHMA

The cushma is like a tunic and is the traditional dress of the Ashaninka tribe. It takes a woman one month to make a man’s cushma using wild cotton and natural dyes.

The cushma are hugely valued and used for ‘ayompari’, the Ashaninka word for trade.

tumblr_ng69x3jev61u4akruo2_r1_1280

For rainforest villages, the forest gives life

For rainforest villages, the forest gives life

For The Green Journey’s & Cool Earth’s partner villages, the forest gives everything:

It gives shelter.

It gives food.

It gives water.

It gives medicine.

And with Cool Earth and The Fuel Card Group’s support, it gives a livelihood, which means the forest is protected from illegal loggers.

This December, we’re celebrating these gifts from the forest with a special Christmas Countdown.
We’ll be celebrating a gift each day leading up to Christmas. From bows and arrows to clothing, we’ll
reveal how the forest provides for our partner communities’ every need.