We carry items that are handmade, fairly traded, and, of course, beautiful. We believe that art enhances our lives, and our customers appreciate our keen eye.
We specialize in Huichol Indian beaded art and jewelry from Mexico. Read more about the special source of this beaded art where beads, carvings and beeswax are used to create wonderful animal figures, prayer bowls, masks, jewelry and crosses.
Our group of artists use beads that are much smaller than are usually used in Huichol art, giving it much more detail. We also carry exquisite yarn art in which the artist brings visions to life using yarn and beeswax on a wood frame.
We are committed to fair trade, providing a sustainable living for our artists and their families. Read about our fair trade policies.
If you aren’t in Portland, or don’t have time to visit us in person, you can order directly from our online shop. If you are looking for something specific, please contact us. There are many, many items that haven’t made it to our online store yet. We are always happy to send photos and information to help you find your own personal work of art.
For the Huichol, who live in Mexico and call themselves Wixárika, life and religion are intertwined. Their deities are honored in their ceremonies and represented in their art and are part of daily life. As Carl Lumholtz, the original ethnographer and explorer who studied the Huichol society, said, “All phases of their lives are prayer – the planting, harvesting, peyote pilgrimages – all art, weaving, bead work, face painting, and yarn paintings embody prayer within symbols.” They ask the deities for rain and sun for the crops, successful deer hunts, healthy children and protection from natural and supernatural dangers. Here we introduce the Jaguar and Turtle and show them in Huichol art pieces. The Takutzi Nakahue, Mother of all gods and of corn, is symbolized by the rain, serpent, water, the bear, the armadillo, and the sacred tree.Read More