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.


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.