Beautiful Latin American Cosas Bonitas Oregon

Today, we are highlighting the beautiful Huichol jewelry that we offer here at Cosas Bonitas Oregon. We are pleased to carry an exquisite line of Huichol jewelry; each piece is handcrafted by groups of Huichol Indians of Mexico.

All our jewelry is heirloom quality and fair trade! The Huichol jewelry is made using two needles instead of a loom. Needles require much more skill than a loom, and the subsequent work is breathtaking. Since we buy direct from the artists, we’re able to offer this gorgeous, high-quality jewelry at a fair price and can guarantee that the money goes to support these incredible artisans.

Below you’ll find a selection of Huichol earrings, necklaces and bracelets that celebrate the bright and vibrant colors of spring. The beauty of this jewelry is hard to capture in pictures, so be sure you click on each image below and you’ll be taken to our shop where you can use the use the photo expander feature to view them in more detail.

Huichol Earrings – Earrings are classic Huichol designs but constructed with very tiny size 15 seed beads. Other accent bead shapes are incorporated, making them truly unique. They are stunning in their detail, color combinations and workmanship. Earrings come in three sizes. We also carry other Huichol earrings with larger size beads.

Huichol Indian Beaded Earrings in Teal

Huichol Indian Beaded Earrings in Teal

Huichol Indian Beaded Earrings in Purple

Huichol Indian Beaded Earrings in Purple

Huichol Indian Earrings in Turquoise, Red & Pale Yellow

Huichol Indian Earrings in Turquoise, Red & Pale Yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huichol Bracelets – Bracelets are made using very unique and beautiful color combinations and a variety of patterns. They feel silky smooth on the wrist and are highly durable, due to the use of the very tiny size 15 seed beads. When selecting bracelets, the main issue is which one to pick; they are all so beautiful and unique! The ball-and-loop fastenings offer two different sizes.

Huichol Beaded Strand Bracelet in Blue and Pale Yellow

Huichol Beaded Bracelet in Blue and Pale Yellow

Wide Lavender Purple, Pink and Gold Bracelet

Wide Lavender Purple, Pink and Gold Bracelet

Wide Huichol Indian Beaded Bracelet in Blue

Wide Huichol Indian Beaded Bracelet in Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huichol Necklaces – Necklaces come in a large assortment of colors and are made using very tiny size 15 seed beads interspersed with larger faceted accent beads. The work is extremely fine and they are very comfortable to wear.

Our Huichol necklaces and bracelets never break. The ball-and-loop fastenings are always a perfect fit. Because of this high quality, we guarantee each piece of Huichol jewelry. If there are ever any problems, please contact us for a replacement.

Decorative Mexican Folk Art: Wooden Plates from Guerrero

We’re pleased to offer selection of decorative Mexican folk art and jewelry from many places in Mexico and Latin America including: decorative pottery; Oaxacan tin mirrors and alebrijes (fantastical carved figures); Tarahumara baskets; Dia de los Muertos art; amate (bark) paintings, coconut masks and wooden plates from Guerrero.

Today, we are highlighting the gorgeous work of Agustina Martinez and Agustin Vargas, Nahua Indian artists from Guerrero. We’ve chosen three wooden plates and bowls ranging in size from small to large, ideal for a lovely splash of color as wall décor or placed on a table with fresh fruit or a salad. Each plate is delicately painted on a sturdy wooden plate, sealed with lacquer and signed by the artists. All Agustin’s and Agustina’s salsa bowls, vases, wooden bowls, platters and amate (bark paper) paintings are extremely fine work with vibrant colors. Click on the images to find more details about each item.

 

mexican folk art - small wooden plate
Small Wooden Plate With Calla Lilies
mexican folk art - medium wooden plate
Medium Wooden Plate With Red Fish
mexican folk art - large wooden plate

Very Large Wooden Plate With Fruit Paintings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click our Shop link above to view all of our offerings and to see all the ‘beautiful things’ we have available. Our shop includes information on the origins of each piece and more about the artists. We are happy to answer queries for certain items so feel free to contact us.

Stay tuned for details about our upcoming residency at the Portland World Market located at Portland’s famous Saturday Market. Also, learn how to redeem your very own Mother’s Day special discount!

Fair Trade Huichol Bead Art

At Cosas Bonitas Oregon, we are committed to fair trade by providing a sustainable living for the artists that we buy from and their families. We specialize in Huichol bead art and jewelry from Mexico.  The relationship with these artists is an ongoing one, providing reliable, constant income.  We also buy from other artists in Mexico and we make every effort to confirm that they are paid very fairly for their pieces and work toward an ongoing relationship with some of them. If you’re not familiar what “fair trade” actually means, Merriam-Webster defines it as,

a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices.

By buying directly from the artists, the artists receive a bigger ‘piece of the pie’ and we are able to offer you affordable prices. We do not ‘barter them down’ to get the lowest price, and adhere to the principle that artists must be paid a living wage for their locale.

Northwest Fair Trade Coalition LogoFair trade is not about charity. It is a holistic approach to trade and development that aims to alter the ways in which commerce is conducted, so that trade can empower the poorest of the poor. Cosas Bonitas Oregon is a proud member of the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, a group of business who adhere to fair trade practices.

To view our wonderful collection of fair trade Huichol bead art and other beautiful artwork and jewelry from Latin America, please visit our online store at Cosasbonitasoregon.com/store.

 

Huichol Bead Art | Dolphin

Huichol Bead Art | Bison

 

 

Huichol Indian Art – Discover Huichol Art Yarn Paintings

Huichol Indian Yarn Painting 2

The symbolism displayed in Huichol Indian folk art gives profound expression to their deep spiritual beliefs. Beautiful yarn paintings or “cuadros”, beaded animal carvings, bowls and masks all display deep symbolism of Huichol religious belief, which is centered on their “holy trinity” of the deer (maxra), maize (iku), and peyote (hikuri). Traditional Huichol Indian art remains a living testament to the Huichols’ rich cultural heritage.

The Huichol Indians have a long history of artwork depicting religious symbols and designs dating back for centuries. Traditional folk art produced consists of beaded masks, figures, crosses and prayer bowls as well as beaded jewelry and yarn paintings. A beeswax mixture is used as the adhesive in both the beaded art and yarn paintings. A very thin coating of beeswax mixture is applied to the surface of a wooden carving, to a board (for yarn paintings) or to the inside of a gourd (for prayer bowls). While the purpose of the artwork has evolved from strictly religious intent to include commercial purposes, the designs have remained true to their traditions and retain their original religious and symbolic significance.

Huichol Indian Yarn Painting

Cosas Bonitas Oregon is proud to offer an imaginative collection of Huichol Indian yarn paintings available for purchase at our online store. By spreading a thin layer of beeswax over a flat piece of wood and meticulously pushing thin strands of acrylic yarn into the wax, every yarn painting consists of complex patterns and symbols giving each piece a unique story to tell. Rich in tradition and mysticism, each piece of art is a one-of-a-kind treasure. We include information on Huichol symbolism with each piece of Huichol art you purchase. It is within these symbols that we discover the story of each piece of artwork – a precious legacy worthy of preservation.

 

At Cosas Bonitas Oregon, we bring you this very special Huichol Indian art from Mexico. To view our online gallery of offerings, please visit our online store. If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, we can set up an appointment for you to see all the wonderful items on our website, and much more! Please contact at 971-212-3505

Uncommon Treasures Found in Huichol Bead Art

Huichol Prayer BowlSymbolism of Huichol Bead Art

Huichol bead art is more than a way of economic survival for the Huichol artists. The process of creating each unique piece of art is deeply rooted in symbolism reflecting a reverent and symbiotic relationship with nature. Maize, peyote and deer are usually present as well as candles, arrows, serpents, scorpions and the gods’ eyes that point to the four cardinal directions. The peyote often inspires visions that allow the Huichols to communicate with their gods. These visions are reflected in their art and in their offerings to the gods. Every Huichol artist develops a unique, personal style making each piece of artwork an uncommon treasure.

We include information on Huichol symbolism with each piece of Huichol art you purchase. For an explanation of common symbols found in Huichol art, read Symbolism Used by the Huichols by Angela Corelis.
 

Handling Huichol Bead ArtHuichol Prayer Bowl

A beeswax mixture is used as the adhesive in both the beaded art and yarn paintings. A very thin coating of beeswax mixture is applied to the surface of a wooden carving, to a board (for yarn paintings) or to the inside of a gourd (for prayer bowls). Beads are then applied using a needle full of beads in the colors that the artist needs for an area.

If the beads are pressed too hard, the beeswax can come up through the beads causing a ‘bruise’. We recommend minimal handling and never pick up a piece by pinching a head or other small part between thumb and finger, such as by the turtle or snake head. It’s best to pick up the prayer bowls, which are made from gourd bottoms, by grasping the outside of the bowl. The surface may be touched gently and the beads will stay in place permanently with gentle care. Be careful the art is not under a hot light or in a window where the sun would hit it.

To view all of our Cosas Bonitas or Beautiful Things from Latin America, please visit our online store or contact us today to schedule a private viewing of the collection!

The Unique Beauty of Huichol Indian Art

Huchiol Indian Beaded MaskBehind every piece of Huichol Indian art and jewelry that we carry is a unique story that begins with Huichol (Wee-chol) Indians of Mexico. The Huichol Indians of the central Sierra Madre Occidental are a highly religious people who have miraculously maintained their traditional culture in spite of the pressures exerted on them in modern Mexico. In the words of legendary anthropologist Carl Lumholtz: “Religion to them is a personal matter, not an institution, and therefore their life is religious from the cradle to the grave and wrapped up in symbolism”.

Symbolism in Huichol Indian Art

The rich tradition of symbolism is displayed in the folk art offered by Cosas Bonitas. Beautiful yarn paintings or “cuadros”, beaded animal carvings, bowls and masks all display deep symbolism of Huichol religious belief which is centered around their “holy trinity” of the deer (maxra), maize (iku), and peyote (hikuri). Each Huichol item in our store is made by a member of a family of Huichol Indians who live in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains in the state of Nayarit. The colorful and intricate designs reflect their Huichol culture and religion. Rich in tradition and mysticism, each piece of art is a unique treasure.

Huichol Indian Beaded Circle of Three Lizards

Bead Size

In a long-standing fair trade relationship with the artists, the very tiny size 14 beads are provided to them because the size and color of  these beads are generally not available in Mexico. This affords a rich palate of colorful and metallic beads to produce this art that is of the finest quality. The use of the very tiny beads produces an amazing result and is remarkable to behold. The usual bead size used in most Huichol art is size 11, which are much larger than those used by the artists we work with. The level of skill required of the smaller size 14 beads is very high and we’re pleased to support their breathtaking artistry.

Fair Trade Art

It is very important that preservation of the Huichol culture be a central part of the sale of each item we sell. Every piece we’ve brought back to the Pacific Northwest is obtained adhering to fair trade principles. We hand select each piece for the Cosas Bonitas Store with an eye for both beauty and a commitment to sustainability. We offer the Huichol Indian art at very reasonable prices as part of our commitment to create a sustainable market for the Huichol Indian artists and their families. The Huichol families that we work with are able to maintain their homes and communities all the while bettering their economic lives.

February 2011 Happenings | Fair Trade in the Multnomah Village

The first meeting of the newly formed Northwest Fair Trade Coalition was held Tuesday, February 8th at Topanien. Owners from Topanien, AWAZ Voice for Empowerment, and Banyan Tree. together with Cosas Bonitas, discussed how we can use this coalition to further fair trade regionally. It’s so great bringing all of us together on a regular basis to discuss fair trade This is only the beginning!

February 2011 Happenings | Fair Trade in the Multnomah Village

The first meeting of the newly formed Northwest Fair Trade Coalition was held Tuesday, February 8th at Topanien. Owners from Topanien, AWAZ Voice for Empowerment, and Banyan Tree. together with Cosas Bonitas, discussed how we can use this coalition to further fair trade regionally. It’s so great bringing all of us together on a regular basis to discuss fair trade This is only the beginning!

January 2011 Happenings | Huichol Indian Beadwork

The Gem Faire at the Washington County Fairgrounds was held January 21, 22, 23. Our booth had a great reception with many people gazing in awe at the Huichol Indian beadwork that we carry. The bracelets, earrings and necklaces are works of art with many folks amazed that the artisans use size 15 seed beads (much smaller than is readily available in Mexico). We will be doing shows all year so please come back to our blog to get updates on shows.