2017-175: Huichol Yarn Mandala

Huichol Yarn Art by Mariano Valadez Navarro
Huichol Yarn Art by Mariano Valadez Navarro

This Week’s Theme: Yarn

Yarn artist, Mariano Valadez Navarro, created this powerful piece of embroidered Huichol art. Wow! Love all the symbolic imagery used throughout this painting. Mariano is quite the storyteller with his art.

About Mariano from Surynor.com:

Huichol yarn painting has been a part of Mariano Valadez Navarro’s heritage for as long as he can remember. His family often made them for sacred places and ceremonies in their indigenous community. He now makes these vibrant and elaborate yarn paintings professionally to support his family, but has continued to incorporate spiritual and mythological themes, as he often depicts scenes from peyote visions, ceremonial life and Huichol cosmology in his work. Mariano Valadez Navarro not only identifies as a Huichol yarn painter, but also as a storyteller who is translating his culture’s rich traditions and beliefs into an art form that he hopes anyone can connect to and appreciate. Mariano creates his art work based in his imagination and creativity traditionally as a result of his visualizations during spiritual trance.

About Huichol Art from Wikipedia:

Huichol art broadly groups the most traditional and most recent innovations in the folk art and handcrafts produced by the Huichol people, who live in the states of Jalisco, Durango, Zacatecas and Nayarit in Mexico. The unifying factor of the work is the colorful decoration using symbols and designs which date back centuries. The most common and commercially successful products are “yarn paintings” and objects decorated with small commercially produced beads. Yarn paintings consist of commercial yarn pressed into boards coated with wax and resin and are derived from a ceremonial tablet called a neirika. …

While the materials have changed and the purpose of many of the items have changed from religious to commercial purposes, the designs have changed little, and many retain their religious and symbolic significance.


“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” ~ Dalai Lama

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen

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