Friday, January 26, 2018

Huichol Bead Art

I mentioned in a previous post that we went on a cruise just after the first of the year. The trip was described as a visit to the Mexican Riviera. We had a lovely time and I may tell you more about the cruise and the cities we visited in a later post.

Today I want to share with you 2 of the souvenirs we brought home with us. These are known as Huichol Folk Art. The bead work we bought is just one form of crafts done by the Huichol people. The other type of folk art they do is known as yarn painting and you can learn more about all of this in a great Wiki article.

Jim fell in love with the vibrance of these designs and had to have a couple pieces. We watched as new pieces were being created in several shops in Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. The process starts with a section of a form covered with a thin layer of beeswax. Before the wax hardens the seed beads are applied one at a time and pressed into the wax. Each of the designs on the elephant have a meaning and those and more are found on many objects.

Things like our small pieces and the little turtle are certainly cute and an affordable item to bring home to remind you of your trip. The birds below were very large and definitely in my mind masterpieces. Impressive, right?

Back with more again soon.
Take care and stay cozy!

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