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The Vochol: Native Mexican Art on Wheels

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Two families of Huíchol artisans devoted more than 9,000 hours transforming the “canvas”—a 1990 Volkswagen Beetle—into a stunning juxtaposition of modern machinery decorated with bright, psychedelic patterns and colors. More than 2 million glass seed beads and nearly 35 pounds of fabric, paint, yarn and resin adorn the vehicle’s chassis and interior, including the seats, steering wheel and dashboard. It is the first Huichol object of art on wheels.

Its name derives from “Vocho,” a slang term for the VW Beetle in Mexico, and “Huichol,” the common name for Mexico’s indigenous Wixaritari (“the people”), a community of approximately 26,000 people who have settled in the mountainous region of the western Sierra Madre.

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Vochol: Huichol Art on Wheels will be on exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian through May 10, 2012

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“Vochol”

Intervention of indigenous Huichol artisans on this classic Volks-waggen; Best know in México as a Vocho.

National museum of Folk Art; México City

-Carlos Will

Vochol Beaded VW Front by Mr.TinDC
The Vochol, a VW Beetle decorated by artisans of the Huichol people in west-central Mexico, on display in the rotunda of the National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, DC. The car is covered with 2,277,000 glass seed beads.

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Sobrevivientes a la conquista espiritual y al exterminio, los huicholes representan el sedimento de la más pura raza indígena. Son depositarios de tradiciones respecto de su origen, mismas que han logrado preservar a lo largo de los siglos.

Ocho artistas huicholes dedicaron más de nueve mil horas para plasmar su inspiración en un mágico y colorido diseño sobre un vehículo Volkswagen que utilizaron como lienzo. Su minucioso trabajo consistió en la colocación de más de 90 kilos de chaquira en la carrocería, al igual que la aplicación de distintas técnicas y materiales para forrar los asientos del vehículo, decorar los rines, el volante y el tablero.

La intervención de Vochol® se realizó durante más de 7 meses a cargo de los artistas huicholes de los estados de Nayarit y Jalisco, quienes colocaron más de 2 millones 277 mil chaquiras, 16 kilos de resina especial, tela, pintura y estambre.


Para mas info y fotografías —–> http://www.vochol.com.mx/

The Vochol, a piece of contemporary indigenous artwork, is being exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian from March 21 through May 6, 2012 in Washington, D.C. as part of its international tour. The museum welcomes the 1990s Volkswagen Beetle named “Vochol” decorated by indigenous craftsmen from the Huichol (Wixaritari) communities of Nayarit and Jalisco, Mexico, who used more than 2 million glass beads and fabric to decorate the vehicle. 

The name Vochol is a combination of vocho, a name for the Volkswagen Beetle in Mexico, and Huichol, which are the native Mexican Indians who beaded the car, originally from West Central Mexico and widely recognized for their colorful beadwork and fiber arts. The Huichol Indians took seven months to bead and design the car, which depict culturally important designs, ceremonies and historic events, including the Mexican Revolution and Mexican independence from Spain; the Vochol serves as a demonstration of the complex intersections between traditional and modern cultures, and helps promote the Huichol Indians’ rich culture and talent.

Read more on the “Vochol” VW Bug in DC at MexicoToday.org