Huichol Yarn Painting Nayarit, Mexico yarn, beeswax, wood 15.5" diameter x 1" deep
Painting depicts: deer: messenger of the gods bird: freedom shaman: medicine men peyote flowers: utilized in all ceremonies corn: health and prosperity serpent: god of the ocean sun: power candles: offering to the gods
The Huichol are an indigenous culture who live removed from modern society in the remote mountainous area of the Sierra Madres in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. Huichol Indians exist in a culture that is steeped in spirituality and sacred rituals. They rely upon and strive to be one with nature, and even refer to themselves as the “mirrors of the Gods.”
Their artwork allows them to express their reverence, relationship, and interdependence with nature including earth, water, fire, and air. Each distinctive piece of embroidered bead or yarn appliqué, is made by applying brightly colored yarn to a board, or beads to a form, using natural tree resin and beeswax as glue. Using very complex color design, each piece tells a historical or mythical story or depicts the Peyote culture of the Shamans. The personal style of each artisan can be seen in many of the common themes found including deer, scorpions, arrows, maize (corn), the Peyote cactus, and even the eyes of the Gods.