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Huichol paintings

Reference

4185

Duration

00:12:00

Production year

2014

Original material

HD
16/9
Color
Sound

Director(s)

Michel PERRIN

Summary

Since the 1950s, the Huichols, an Indian community living in the western Sierra Madre in central-western Mexico, have developed the art of colourful yarn paintings.
This technique consists in coating a piece of plywood with beeswax and then bonding coloured threads to it in patterns. Finallly, this board is entirely covered and the painting very often depicts legends inspired by the culture of this community. This film describes how the myth of the origin of fire is depicted, for example.

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