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Shaman Deer Huichol Papier Mache Multicolor Mask

Shaman Deer Huichol Papier Mache Multicolor Mask

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Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

Higinio Hernandez handcrafts this mask to ask the gods' assurance of an abundant maize harvest, as well as protection from the scorpions that guard it. A sacred symbol, this blue jikuri or peyote flower recalls millenary Huichol traditions. Kawuyumaire, the Huichol's elder brother, assumes the form of a deer to become a messenger from the gods. His presence is only perceptible through the consumption of peyote flowers.The Huichol draw, paint or make elaborate yarn or bead works, using the images that best express what it is they want to ask the gods, in the hopes it will be granted.

Hernandez is an artist of Huichol and in this piece he carefully affixes colorful beads or chaquira upon a fiberglass base. Hernandez affixes the beads with a natural glue of his own preparation, known as cera de Campeche. This work is an extraordinary testimonial of pre-Hispanic shamanic rituals that have transcended the passing of time and history, and is certain to enthrall the admirer of Huichol custom.

  • Beads on paper mache
  • To prevent the beads from coming loose, do not expose this piece to direct heat or light as it may melt the Campeche wax adhesive.
  • Keep out of the sun
  • Keep out of heat
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Mexico

Due to the handmade nature of this item, color, size, and/or motif may vary slightly

Artisan Information

Higinio Hernandez Carrillo

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Update (June, 2019)

"My family comes from the beautiful Huichol tradition in the north of Jalisco. You could say that art runs through my veins. I grew up knowing about beads and the beautiful combinations that I saw in the hands of family members.

"My mother left my side when I was a child. It was difficult learning to be alone. But my village was a principal part of my education. I learned in the Huichol Center. That's where many Huichol people met to work for a person from the United States. After three months, I left and began to work for myself. It was difficult, but I already knew the city, because I went to Zacatecas when I was 11 due to problems with my stepmother. I lived with a good family.

"It isn't easy bringing bread to the table with handicrafts that are so prevalent in an area where almost everyone does the same thing. I have six children who depend on the hard work of their parents. For me, giving them a good education is a priority.

"Along the way, I met you, and you gave me the opportunity to learn other ways of making and selling my work. I never imagined that I would be exporting my beadwork to other countries, and that my work would end up in places I didn't even know about.

"That was when I was presented with an important challenge regarding quality. I had to get better and showcase quality designs that I could create on a daily basis. More than anything, I needed to make something that reflected the art that runs in my veins.

"As life will, it presents us with tough challenges that prevent you from achieving more than you want. In my case, I experienced health complications that taught me the importance of taking care of myself, and of carrying on despite the things that surround me. Today, my children want to learn what their dad does. They want to make this art a part of their lives.

Original Artisan Story

The artistry of the Cosio Carrillo family has been featured in periodicals ranging from Business Week to The New York Times.

"Hello! I was born in the Jalisco mountains. I have followed my family tradition of making beaded artwork, but I like using bright colors in my designs. My works are different from the traditional beadwork from my homeland, and I use contrasting colors on spherical and oval-shaped figures.

"I make my masks over papier-mâché figures and my wife and I place the beads one-by-one on an adhesive coating of beeswax. The designs are completely improvised and are inspired by our reflections and feelings at the moment that we're making the pieces.

"I'd spent several months trying to sell my works in local markets but, with you, I finally found a way to let the world to see my work. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them. I hope that, through them, you will get a better understanding of the magic and meaning of the Huichol culture."

The figures receive a coat of beeswax; it serves as an adhesive upon which Higinio Hernandez Carrillo patiently applies strands of yarn or tiny chaquira beads, using a needle to place each one with precision.

Do not expose these pieces to direct heat or light, as it could soften the wax adhesive and thus loosen the yarn or beads.

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Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

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The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.


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