This cute and colorful bug called the El Vochol represents the convergence of indigenous artisan heritage with modern styling sensibilities. Utilizing a vibrant and traditional art form practiced for centuries by the Huichol, the entire bug was carefully encrusted with over 2,277,000 beads. The beadwork was hand-laid in a heat-resistant wax by prominent Huichol families. The design was created by Francisco Bautista, a respected elder in the Huichol community. The beads depict a series of cosmic characters and elements associated with a personal journey.
The El Vochol was commissioned by the Association of Friends of Museo of Arte Popular in Mexico City in order to reinvigorate the country's artisan heritage and find it a new audience at home and abroad. El Vocho will be leaving Mexico this fall to embark on its own personal global journey. Its first stop is Paris and by the end of next year it will cap off its tour at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.