A traditional Mexican art, Huichol is the craft of coating wood carved masks, animals, birds, serpents, and forms with wax, onto which tiny crystal beads (chaquira) and colored strings (estambre) are laid or woven with great precision.
Modern Chaquira Doll Heads
DFC, the mexico city based design duo of Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua, has created and is selling individual sculptures using this technique on doll’s heads. The result are wonderfully creepy pieces of modern art they call Chaquira sculptures.
Each Chaquira is painstakingly crafted by using the huichol technique on beeswax coated plastic doll heads (some still with hair). measuring an average of 6″ tall, they’d be amazing as a collection. You can commission a custom one as well.
Prince Mushi I, 7.5″ tall, $747.50:
Prince Mushi II, 7.5″ tall, $747.50:
Kikin, 6″ tall, $690.00:
Starchild Chaquira sculpture, $747.50:
Starlet Chaquira Sculpture, 6″ tall, $747.50
Good Luck Baby Chaquira Sculpture, 13″ long, $2,990.00:
To purchase one of the above Chaquira sculptures or to order a custom one, contact them here.
To see examples of traditional huichol artworks, go here.