Huichol Art, Stories Of An Ancient Culture
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Colors and symbols are two words that define Huichol (wi-chól) art, you just need to observe a bit to find all the details and work that these artisan put in their work, the joy, time, and ancient culture. The Huicholes are an indigenous people of Mexico from the Mexican states of Nayarit and Jalisco, their work is characterized by the use of bright colors, sometimes a bit of neon which I love. They also use symbols and shapes that date back centuries, which usually represent people, animals and nature that express anecdotes and legends, their art is the story of an ancient culture.
I had the opportunity to see some Huichol artisans in my travels in Mexico, I love to learn about their processes and techniques. Seeing a story embodied in the work of someone is just amazing, that’s the magic of artisan crafts.
These are some “yarn paintings”, this technique of the Huichols is well known, yarn paintings consist of commercial yarn pressed into boards coated with wax and resin and are derived from a ceremonial tablet called a nearika (ne-rika). I love the colors and details in each figure, it is almost like a kaleidoscopic.
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