The Art Of The Deer
Design and tradition in fusion
Who? How? Why?
KAUYUMARE is born from our desire to support and collaborate with the Wixaritari tribe, a millenary mexican culture.
Our purpose is to create and develop art projects inspired in a contemporary design world using ancient techniques and styles that express the Wixárika cosmovision.
In the same way that we transmit the beauty and culture of our people, we value and favor the craftsmen labor by practicing fair trade, improving the materials and in creating a workspace in a positive environment in which this art is made.
The Huichol or Wixárika people are an ethnic group that inhabits isolated areas along the Sierra Madre which covers the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Durango and Zacatecas in Mexico. Their culture and traditions have been preserved and passed on since pre-Columbian times.
The Wixárika culture revolves around mother nature as their sacred entity. It´s elements represent gods and ancestors. All the community members will make pilgrimages for hundreds of kilometers to their sacred lands to visit, adore and receive the gods teachings. The gods communicate with them through dreams and visions which are then expressed on their different handcrafts. This is why all Huichol art is sacred, each symbol contained is a part of their beliefs and traditions and has a profound meaning.
How it´s made
Along hundreds of years, Wixarika history and culture has been transmitted from generation to generation through art.
Originally, the materials used in Wiraika crafts were various things they found in their natural habitat like stones, seeds, nuts, precious stones and shells, among others.
Nowadays, after great cultural exchange and innovation, Wixarika craftsmen use crystal beads made in Czech Republic or in Japan. Thanks to these miniature grains of color, they are able to elaborate symmetric geometric figures incredibly detailed, making each art piece a true manifestation of the craftsman’s inspiration. Every bead is placed one by one with the highest care and precision.
Between Wixarika techniques we can also find the thread drawing. This thread can be either synthetic or natural, giving a variety of textures and tact sensations. Every thread is selected and also placed one by one.
Traditionally, what is used as adhesive is mainly a mix from beeswax and paraffin, although technology has given us now the opportunity to use more resistant glues that give the pieces a longer life and better quality.
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