Nearika, Huichol Art

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The Huichol Indians, who live in a distant part of Mexico, illustrate their religious beliefs in beautifully designed yarn paintings called “Nearika.”  A traditional Huichol representation is that of the deified face of the sun, the Giver of Life.  The Huichol make this art by spreading a mixture of beeswax and pine resin on a board and  then pressing pieces of yarn onto it.  While their art is intricate, we use simple images to make our version of nearika.  Also we use white glue in place of the beeswax and resin mixture. This project takes more time than one, one hour class.

Supplies:                                                  

  • Cardboard cut at 5” x 7” (cereal boxes work well)
  • Stencil (fruit clipart on Google images)
  • Pencil
  • White glue
  • Paper clip or popsicle stick
  • Assorted colors of yarn

Directions:

  1. Trace around the stencil onto the cardboard.  Freehand draw leaves, a stem or a reflecting spot on the fruit.
  2. Choose yarn in the colors you need.  Cut in workable lengths.
  3. Spread glue around the outline and glue down the appropriate color.  Also do the same with the stem, leaf, etc.  Spread more glue and fill in with yarn, using the paper clip or popsicle stick to push the yarn close to the last row of yarn.

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