Unique Huichol Beaded Mask with Peyote, "Huichol Charm"
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"One should always bring offerings to the gods in order to receive their protection," advises Higinio Hernández. He celebrates Huichol custom with this mask as he finds inspiration in the psychedelic effects of jicurí ("peyote flower"). Ingested only for ceremonial purposes, jicurí is regarded as a sacred flower for it allows a person to see and communicate with the gods. Hernández depicts the peyote flower on the mask's forehead; the cheeks glow with images of the sun god. Two terukas scurry from the chin; these scorpions guard the maize.
To craft this piece, Hernandez carefully affixes colorful beads or chaquira upon a papier maché base, using a natural wax 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.
Higinio Hernandez Carrillo has received 3 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $3000 and the most recent for $3500. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of larger quantities of beads, as well as in molds to make his masks.
Higinio has left a profound impact in his community and has successfully tripled the growth of his home workshop from his first six months at NOVICA
Higinio passes down traditional techniques to his family in order to preserve the authenticity of each of his Huichol beadwork designs.
Higinio's sales from NOVICA represent the majority of his income. Each purchase makes a profound impact on his family's livelihood.