Handmade fair trade folk art and craft

Beaded Crosses

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Produced by the indigenous Huichol people who live in the states of Jalisco, Durango and Nayarit in Mexico. The Huichol have a long history of beading, making the beads from clay, shells, corals, seeds and more and using them to make jewelry and to decorate bowls and other items. The “modern” beadwork usually consists of masks and wood sculptures covered in small, brightly colored seed beads fastened with wax and resin.  Even though new materials are being used, traditional symbols are maintained and transmitted to younger generations and most Huichol patterns and designs have religious and cultural significance.This art produced for commercial purposes has provided an important, sustainable source of income for the Huichols.

Wood, wax, beads.  3.5"x4.75"