Someone Else Loves Beads, Too

On Thursday morning while William was at preschool enjoying the company of his new friends here in Valladolid, (and Jack was enjoying the zippy WiFi at our guesthouse) Jason and I headed back to Casa de los Venados to take in their amazing collection of Mexican folk art for the third time this trip to Mexico. 

Since this was in fact our third trip to Casa de los Venados this trip to Mexico (my 5th and Jason’s 6th overall) our guide on previous trips, David, decided it was time for us to shake things up a bit.  David handed us over to Arnaldo.  Arnaldo is just as full of intriguing information about the art collection as David is, and Arnaldo soon had me completely inspired by the truly unique collection too.

The last time we visited Casa de los Venados it was the textiles that captured my attention and imagination, but this time it was the Huichol beaded folk art that captivated me. 

These pieces are made by pressing glass seed beads onto wax and resin covered forms.  The patterns are perfectly symmetrical and the beads are all aligned precisely.  Not a single bead is out of place and they are all placed by hand. 

The colors that the Huichol artists use are so vibrant and bold that these pieces are incredibly eye catching.

Each piece contains thousands and thousands of teeny-tiny perfectly placed seed beads.  The little holes in every single bead are all facing the same direction!  (The Saint Stephen Chrismon crew should really look into recruiting a few of these folks for our B & B team!)

These pieces are a part of the religious devotion of the Huichol people. 

These amazing pieces of art reminded me of this verse from Exodus 35: “The Lord has filled them with skill to do every kind of work done by an artisan or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and in fine linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of artisan or skilled designer.”

God gave people special talents to make offerings for the Tabernacle, and I believe that God still gives people special talents to share.

How are you using your gifts and talents to worship and praise the Lord?

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