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The Art of Wearing Chaquira

Main element of the artistic composition of the wixárika (huichol) people, the chaquira (kuka), symbolizes water and is life for this culture, which to this day keeps its ancestral roots alive through the passing of the years.   In wixárika (huichol) art, the chaquira (beads) is compared to corn seeds, and houses extensive symbolism, which in turn is the subject of rituals that lead to purification.   In this way, the use of materials such as the chaquira sacralizes ceremonial objects and offerings, giving a value that goes beyond what is tangible to works that present this type of material.   In its beginnings, the wixárikas artisans used natural seeds for the realization of their works of art, however, over...

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