A loan of $3,000 helped to invest in the purchase of larger quantities of beads, as well as in molds to make his masks.


Higinio Hernandez's story

Higinio is an artisan from Mexico's Huichol community who specializes in traditional beadwork art. To continue production, he would like to invest in the purchase of larger quantities of beads, as well as in molds to make his masks. Higinio has been selling through NOVICA since 2000. This is his story:

"I was born in the Jalisco mountains of Mexico, in a Huichol village. I have followed in the family tradition of beaded artwork. I make my masks over paper-mache forms, and my wife and I place the beads on the masks one-by-one on an adhesive coating of beeswax. The designs are completely improvised and are inspired by our reflections and feelings at the moment that we're working. I hope that through them people will get a better understanding of the magic and meaning of the Huichol culture.

"Thank you for offering me the opportunity of this interest-free microcredit loan, because it means we can keep doing what we love to do. Many thanks!"

Use the link below to view Higinio's beadwork masks on the NOVICA site: http://www.novica.com/artistdetail/index.cfm?faid=1547



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