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Tao-Sol Huichol Wixáritari Bead Art

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This popular folk art, arte Wikárika, has achieved international recognition for its incredible colors & designs drawn from the Huichol people’s deep respect for the natural world.

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The Huichol or Wixáritari are an indigenous group who have lived in the central Mexican mountains of Jalisco, Nayarit, Durango, and Zacatecas for the past 15,000 years.

They are well-known for their colorful bead art, which adorns jewelry, masks, and even Volkswagens.

You won’t find any beaded Volkswagens at Kuruxi López’s store at 16 de Septiembre #1A in Ajijic. But you will find lots of wonderful examples of bracelets, necklaces, masks, figures, and earrings, all beaded by hand using the nature-inspired designs of the Wixáritari.

Last updated December 23, 2018

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Photos of Tao-Sol Huichol Wixáritari Bead Art

Sculptures begin with a piece of carved wood.

Sculptures begin with a piece of carved wood.

Beads are applied by hand one at a time.

Beads are applied by hand one at a time.

Beaded bird figurines.

Beaded bird figurines.

Beaded masks, skulls, boxes and animals.

Beaded masks, skulls, boxes and animals.

A beaded Wixáritari beaded mask with a peyote design on the forehead.

A beaded Wixáritari beaded mask with a peyote design on the forehead.

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Tequila jimador in Jalisco fine art print

Tequila Jimador

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A beaded Huichol necklace with flower designs.

A beaded Huichol necklace with flower designs.

Beaded jaguar head and box.

Beaded jaguar head and box.

Cool bracelets with geometric and some animal designs.

Cool bracelets with geometric and some animal designs.

Beaded Wixáritari bracelets.

Beaded Wixáritari bracelets.

More bracelets.

More bracelets.

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Thinner beaded bracelets.

Thinner beaded bracelets.

Lizard bracelets.

Lizard bracelets.

Inside Tao Sol at 16 de Septiembre #1A in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Inside Tao Sol at 16 de Septiembre #1A in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Huichol masks, string art, mirrors and picture frames.

Huichol masks, string art, mirrors and picture frames.

Wixáritari nativity scene.

Wixáritari nativity scene.

Nativity scene.

Nativity scene.

Necklaces and bracelets.

Necklaces and bracelets.

A beaded necklace.

A beaded necklace.

Beaded Wixáritari necklace.

Beaded Wixáritari necklace.

Huichol necklaces.

Necklaces.

Fine Art Photography of Lake Chapala

Aztec Dancers on Mezcala Island

Aztec Dancers on Mezcala Island

Sergio Hernández and Kode Rodríguez perform a dance in the ruins of an old fort on Mezala Island in Lake Chapala.

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Purchase This Fine Art Print
Beaded flower necklaces.

Beaded flower necklaces.

Flower necklace.

Flower necklace.

Flower necklace.

Flower necklace.

Inside Tao-Sol in Ajijic.

Inside Tao-Sol in Ajijic.

Beaded earrings are 100 pesos or about $5 US dollars. Similar earrings sell for five times the price at National Geographic's Novica store.

Beaded earrings are 100 pesos or about $5 US dollars. Similar earrings sell for five times the price at National Geographic's Novica store.

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Beaded flower and star earrings.

Beaded flower and star earrings.

A colorful woven Wixáritari bag.

A colorful woven Wixáritari bag.

Outside Tao-Sol arte Wixáritari at 16 de Septiembre #1A in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Outside Tao-Sol arte Wixáritari at 16 de Septiembre #1A in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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