Huichol Bead Art

I was poking about online looking for beading projects and ideas when I came across these amazing Huichol bead covered objects

Huichol bead covered VW Beetle

Huichol bead covered VW Beetle

Huichol bead covered skull

Huichol bead covered skull

The Huichols are an indigenous people, descendants of the Aztecs, who mostly live in the mountainous areas of northern Jalisco and parts of Nayarit in north central Mexico.  Their works of art are based on traditional patterns used for centuries to represent and communicate with the gods.

The beaded designs are extremly colourful.  Few pastel shades are used with primary and bold colours like black and shades of red, orange, blue, purple and yellow dominating the designs. Huichol designs often include animals, plants and celestial objects, all representative of their shamanic faith. The most common Huichol art pieces are wooden objects or wooden pictures that have been coated with a thin layer of wax. Beads or lengths of single-ply yarn are pressed into the wax to create the pattern

There’s a great article here on the VW Beetle.

I thought I might have a go at making a skull (the VW Beetle might be a tad ambitious), but using glue instead of wax to hold the beads in place.  I’ll post some pics when its done and hopefully a tutorial for a similar project soon.

In the meantime, you can see more Mexican bead art at my Pinterest page here.


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