Handmade Huichol beadwork in Mexico
"The essence of ritual art is to make it without any sketch or model whatsoever so each piece is an original without a possible copy....""My name is Kupihaute, which means 'Obsidian Butterfly' in the Huichol language. I was born in 1949 and, from a very early age, my passion has always been to look into my roots to hear the voice of my ancestors in order to know my phatway, my destiny. I have the influence of Michoacan from my father's side and from my mother's the legacy of one of the original cultural seeds of the American continent — the Huichol people.
"Since 1992, together with some other Huichol artists, I organized the Huichol Community in San Blas, Nayarit, in order to share with you our ritual arts as a traditional offering, without middlemen. To participate in the project of Novica is a natural convergence that enriches our mission, which is to disseminate our arcane wisdom, our symbolic language, our mystic culture, and our ancestor's legacy, and in this way invite you to look for your own roots to know yourself.
"The essence of ritual art is to make it without any sketch or model whatsoever so each piece is an original without a possible copy, and each piece conveys a traditional story of the Huichol people that rises from our deepest memory, from that common ground where all of us are the same people."
"The concept of the nierika, or votive "painting," is that it is a mirror where two opposites come together creatively. A very clear example is when a man and a woman come together to create a new person. The nierika is known as the tezkatl in the Nahuatl language, spoken by the Aztecs. And in fact the work created by a native of any culture can awaken in both artist and the person who views it an archetype from the collective memory in our genes. Thus, it is a way of sharing this wisdom."
Kupihaute elaborates his designs by applying colorful chaquira beads onto wood or dried guaje gourds — a technique requiring mental patience and a steady hand. The beads are adhered using wax, thus it is important that the works be kept away from strong sources of heat, which could cause the wax to melt and the beads to loosen.
8 items by Kupihaute
Maize Peyote Duality
Handmade Mexico Huichol Nierika Peyute & Corn Beadwork
Maize Peyote Duality, Handmade Mexico Huichol Nierika Peyute & Corn Beadwork
KupihauteGreen stalks of corn reach skyward to cradle a radiant peyote bud in this elegant nierika, or votive beadwork "painting" by Kupihaute. A butterfly alights on either side in his composition...$189.99
Run Rabbit Run
Huichol Beadwork Nierika Painting Mexican Folk Art Handmade
Run Rabbit Run, Huichol Beadwork Nierika Painting Mexican Folk Art Handmade
KupihauteShaped like a blossom with five wide petals, this votive "painting" depicts white rabbits that chase each other in a counterclockwise direction. The long-legged creatures leap lithely amid...$319
Handmade Mexico Huichol Beadwork Nierika Wild Cat Painting
Hunting Drive, Handmade Mexico Huichol Beadwork Nierika Wild Cat Painting
KupihauteMoving stealthy through his habitat, the quick, fierce oceotl, or jaguar seeks his sustenance. Beneath, a serpent with two heads wriggles sinuously across this dazzling composition. A butterfly...$187.99
Handmade Mexico Huichol Butterfly Beadwork Nierika
Butterfly Dancing, Handmade Mexico Huichol Butterfly Beadwork Nierika
KupihauteSix-sided stars float inside a green and yellow hexagon to center a bright nierika, or votive beadwork "painting" by Kupihaute. Dancing butterflies surround the image in his composition...$187.99
Handmade Mexico Huichol Beadwork Nierika Blue Deer Painting
Rising Deer, Handmade Mexico Huichol Beadwork Nierika Blue Deer Painting
KupihauteColorful images derived from nature adorn this beautiful nierika, or votive beadwork painting by Kupihaute. A butterfly alights at the top of the composition, which takes the shape of a flower with...$187.99
Itzkwintli Dog Guide
Handmade Mexico Huichol Beadwork Nierika Dog Guide Painting
Itzkwintli Dog Guide, Handmade Mexico Huichol Beadwork Nierika Dog Guide Painting
KupihauteImages from the world of nature come to life on this beautiful nierika, or votive beadwork painting by Kupihaute. A spotted dog centers the composition, the prescient animal observed by a sinuous...$189.99
Handmade Mexico Huichol Candle Beadwork Nierika Art
Candle Life, Handmade Mexico Huichol Candle Beadwork Nierika Art
KupihauteFormed of three blue peyote buds, a lighted candle is radiant in this exquisite nierika, or votive beadwork painting by Kupihaute. A butterfly alights on either side in his composition, which takes...$189.99
Handmade Huichol Beadwork Nierika Blue Scorpion Painting
Scorpion Dancing, Handmade Huichol Beadwork Nierika Blue Scorpion Painting
KupihauteA myriad shades of blue conjure a cool and soothing universe in this elegant nierika, or votive beadwork painting by Kupihaute. Scorpions scuttle purposefully around the center of the composition...$187.99
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This is so. beautiful! I can t imagine how much time went into making it. It exceeded my expectations. Fast shipping.
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I bought this for my niece who loves indigenous cultures, rabbits and Pink Floyd. Well made and we both are delighted. Thinking about buying one for myself.
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