Yawí Arte Tradicional: A Museum with Spirit

10-HUI1COLORA74CUADROS Indigenous and traditional Mexican art were finally given their very own exhibition space in Mexico City since June 2013 with the opening of the Yawí Arte Tradicional gallery in the city’s Historic Center. Intended to promote indigenous artists and the sale of their work, Yawí will stage three exhibitions a year, said its director, the anthropologist Jorge Martínez Cabrera. The gallery belongs to the Calpulli Nezahualcóyotl cooperative and will bridge the gap between quality crafts and buyers interested in one-of-a-kind works made with traditional materials and imbued with deep spiritual meaning. 
Marking the gallery’s debut is an exhibition of beadwork by Gregorio Barrio Montoya and his family, Huichol artists from San Andrés Cohamiata, Jalisco. The artwork of this particular ethnic community tends to reflect their worldview, depicting mythical landscapes and animals in a kaleidoscope of bright, contrasting colors.
Although the materials used today are different, the techniques have remained unchanged for centuries. The gallery is on the first floor of Monte de Piedad No. 15 in Mexico City’s main square