Hand Made Mexican Hand Beaded Huichol Mask, "Red Sunset"
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Unfurling her majestic wings, Wierika, the eagle is the centerpiece in this brilliant mask of vibrant colors. Higinio Hernandez Carrillo takes his inspiration from the sunsets of the sierra, and turns to the icons of his people for expression. Deer and jikurí, or peyote, appear on the burning face of Tau tayau, the sun.
The mask itself is crafted of papier maché, carefully smoothed, and coated with beeswax. The artisan then applies each tiny chaquira bead, using a needle to place each one with precision.
Higinio is a very dedicated father who has six children that he supports financially.
Higinio Hernandez Carrillo has received 3 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $3000 and the most recent for $3500. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of larger quantities of beads, as well as in molds to make his masks.
Higinio has left a profound impact in his community and has successfully tripled the growth of his home workshop from his first six months at NOVICA
Higinio passes down traditional techniques to his family in order to preserve the authenticity of each of his Huichol beadwork designs.
Higinio's sales from NOVICA represent the majority of his income. Each purchase makes a profound impact on his family's livelihood.
Higinio's income from his Huichol beadwork art supports his six children and provides for their education.
This artist striving to supporting their own or their family's basic needs and improve their livelihood.