The Huichol Indians (pronounced Wee-shol) are descendants of the the Aztecs. They are a Shamanic tribe who live in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. Their art was first documented in the late 1800’s and is an exploration of their culture.
Recently, my best friend was visiting Seattle and we wandered into a shop at Pike Place Market owned, for the past 28 years, by a woman who travels to Mexico every 6 weeks looking for pieces to bring back to America.
This is a yarn painting, which is made by pressing yarn into bees wax. The Huichols use bold colors, imagery and symbolism; like The Deer Spirit, Paritzica. I love that there is a hand-written story on the back. That’s not something you can get from buying a piece of art from Target.
My BFF bought me this as my Christmas present this year and it is probably one of the best gifts I have ever received in my entire life.