Monday, March 12, 2012
In recent years, with the application of new materials, Huichol art has exploded onto the world scene. One aspect of this is "yarn-painting," using modern fine yarns with bright colors. The other makes use of very tiny beads. The designs are traditional, the effects are very modern and spectacular. I have four framed reproductions of Huichol beadwork "paintings" hanging in my living room.
Yesterday, while strolling in Balboa Park, I stumbled upon the mother of all Huichol art - the "Vochol," a combination of the popular term for VWs in Mexico and Huichol. The artists, led by Francisco Bautista Carrillo and his daughter Kena, labored 4,760 hours, and applied 2,277,000 beads with a special resin.
As to the 60's on-acid appearance - the Huichol beat the hippies by at least a millennium. The peyote is a sacred plant.
San Diego is the first stop in a world tour. The Vochol will be auctioned off to rise money for the Huichol people