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The vibrancy of color on this Huichol mask is breathtaking. Created by Higinio Hernandez, it represents the beliefs of this truly amazing people. A must for collectors of genuinely authentic handicrafts and for lovers of beauty in general.
Elaborated with tiny chaquira beads on papier-mâché base.
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. Higinio Hernandez and his family preserve their cultural heritage through expressive bead art, representing essential Huichol symbols like jicuri, marra ("deer"), berika ("eagle"), iko ("corn"), and warra ("corn stalk"). For these pieces, each brilliant bead is affixed by hand to a papier-mâché 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 was very emotionally affected after being abandoned by his mother at the age of four. In his words, "When I was four years old, my mom abandoned me and left me with my dad. I was an only child. Later, he remarried and, when my stepmother arrived, that's where the emotional problems started. She did not treat me like my half-brothers. I always ate last. My dad never noticed. When I was 11 years old, it was so bad that I left home. It was very difficult surviving by myself, although I learned a lot. I went to the city. And later, when I returned to the village, they respected me more. I learned how to handle myself and they see me better. And I help the community. My half brothers respect me now and we have no problems."
Higinio has left a profound impact in his community and has successfully tripled the growth of his endeavor 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.