The Huichol create beautiful designed yarn paintings called Nearika, that were originally intended as ceremonial offerings to the Spirits to ensure a bountiful harvest. Now these yarn paintings continue today representing the religious and cultural beliefs of the Huichol people. The yarn paintings are filled with iconography and symbols which represent the life of the Huichol people and their spiritual relationship with the world. In simple terms, the yarn paintings document the life of the Huichol people.
|Huichol Yarn Painting|
Traditionally, Yarn Paintings are created when softened wax and pine resin is spread evenly over a wooden board. The artist then presses the strands of coloured yarn onto the wax. Over 60 different colours of yarn can be used in any one yarn painting. Other objects can be decorated such as gourd bowls which are full of symbols with bright contrasting colours and patterns.
|Vovite Gourd Bowl|
What is a Symbol:
Something that stands for or suggests something else. A visible sign of something invisible (The lion is a symbol of courage, for example.)
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