The artful Wirárikas and their use of colour
The Wixárika or Huichol are people who have lived in the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental for two thousand years. They consider that it is through the colors that gods speak. The Wixárika or Huichol people have high complexity color management and a mystical sense in which the spiritual significance is the raw material of their art. For this reason, the craftsmanship of the huicholes was born as an offering to the gods, and a way to communicate to their community and the rest of the men the messages of the divinity, so that any piece they create is made as a way to establish contact with the divinities.
One of the most important symbols of Huichol art is the Eye of god, which in the worldview of the Wixárika people is an amulet and symbol of power and protection, as well as being a way to ask for help from the spiritual world when a child becomes ill. The Eye of god is formed by five rhombuses based on wooden crosses covered with different colors. The father or mother of the child elaborates it when the baby is born, and elaborates one until completing 5 years. It also symbolizes the five cardinal points of the indigenous, each with a very special spiritual meaning.