Create a Mexican Inspired Yarn Picture
The Huichol Indians, or Wixaritari, of the remote Sierra Madre Occidental areas in Mexico are famous for their brightly colored and elaborate yarn paintings. These works of art reflect this community's religious and cultural beliefs. The process involves melting a layer of beeswax or pine resin to use as glue to adhere yarn to a square or circular wooden base. Here, your young child can imitate this process using glue in lieu of beeswax. This fun and colorful cultural craft will help your child build his fine motor skills and open his eyes to a new world of art making.
What You Need:
- Square or circular piece of cardboard or wood; heavy construction paper will work, too
- Yarn in assorted colors
- Pictures of Huichol symbols and yarn paintings (you can go to the library to find books with these kinds of images or go on-line)