We invite you to try Huichol Beading – and to encourage you – we’re offering 25% off all our seedbeads, shaped beads, and, just for fun – the rhinestones too!
What is Huichol Beading? And how do you pronounce it?
Huichol beading – pronounced wee-CHOL – is a style of beadwork originating with the indigenous people of the mountain ranges of north central Mexico. The technique is simple – take a pea-sized lump of a wax-pitch mixture, knead in your fingers until soft, flatten out to the size of a quarter, and press onto the item to be decorated. Then place the beads onto the wax and press. The specially formulated wax mixture does not reject the beads as it hardens.
The traditional designs tend to focus on bright, primary colours and motifs relevant to a non-urban lifestyle – but in experimenting – we have found that other bead shapes, like the shaped beads – work beautifully, and if your colour esthetic runs to more muted tones, that works well too. According to the author Guillermo Martinez (in his book Huichol Beading, with Jim Widess), who writes about and teaches the technique – when he consulted with the Huichols about how they felt about his teaching – given that he is not Huichol himself, they answered that it is a craft and art form for the people and that everyone is connected, and so it is for everyone.
So grab some of our BeadsWax, a pointy awl, and something to decorate – a wooden bowl from the dollar store, a paper mache shape from the craft store, an old jewelry box that was headed for the junk pile, and discover how soothing and calming it can be!
25% off – this week only