Handmade Hand Beaded Huichol Papier Mache Mask, "Green Jicuri Flower"
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With a patience characteristic of the Huichol people, the hands of Higinio Hernandez transform tiny "chaquira" beads into beautiful and glossy motifs adhered to a papier-maché base. The result is a veritable explosion of color, replete with symbols sacred to the Huichol culture. A must for lovers of the truly rich culture of Mexico.
Huichol culture is guided by pre-Columbian shamanic traditions linked to ceremonies performed in their storied past. The "Jicuri" (peyote) is the centerpiece of Huichol ritualism, revered for its curative properties and its ability to enlighten the one who partakes of it. Other essential Huichol symbols like "jicuri" (peyote), "marra" (deer), "berika" (eagle) and "iko" (corn) and "warra" (corn stalk) are also represented in Huichol artwork. For these pieces, each brilliant bead is affixed by hand to a unisel base, the resulting symmetry defying standards of patience and concentration.
Care instructions: To prevent the tiny chaquira beads from coming loose, do not expose this piece to direct heat or light as it may melt the Campeche beeswax adhesive.
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.