Friday, June 8, 2012

Huichol Art and Handicrafts

Mexico's Huichol Indians or Wixáritari produce some of the most vibrant and unusual art and handicrafts in Mexico. They embed multicolored beads in beeswax to decorate bowls, masks, and figurines with symbols reflecting their shamanistic beliefs and traditional way of life. Common motifs include deer, snakes, eagles, and scorpions, as well as ears of sacred corn and peyote buttons. Huichol artisans also fashion intricate yarn paintings depicting psychedelic visions and myths. I came across the fanciful beaded sun pictured above in an Acapulco market and was struck by its brilliant colors and positive energy. You will find this image in my Huichol Indian Art and Handicrafts gallery.

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