Authentic Skull - Oaxaca Collection
The Oaxaca Collection is the final result of a 2 year long search for the most perfect naturally dyed color threads. Deep in the mountains, a collective of indigenous women forage for fruits, nuts, insets, the bark and the roots of trees. In their gardens, they grow vegetables and herbs and flowers. Each season a new color is possible as the ingredients ripen or wither. It is a full year before the color pallet is complete. The threads are spun from white, brown, and green cotton grown locally. They are then lovingly dyed and sent to Sayulita, where we give those threads to skilled artisans from the Wixarika tribe to create the skull.
The Wixarika of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains in Northern Mexico believe artistic expression is an offering to the great spirits of the five sacred directions, and each creation is made in the service of prayer. This yarn painting collaboration honors the essence of this sacred endeavor, while incorporating other symbols, colors, and imagery found in Mexican art, craft, and lore. To yarn paint, the surface of the object is covered with beeswax that has been warmed and softened in the hands of the artisan. Then designs are rhythmically tapped into the surface of the wax with thread until the entire surface is covered. The rhythm becomes a meditation, which may continue for up to three days. The wax hardens as time passes. At the end of the process the piece is blessed and released.
Materials: bone, beeswax, hand dyed cotton yarn
Dimensions: horn-to-horn 18in | horn-to-nose 20in | eye-to-wall 6in
Handmade in Mexico
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