Zapotec-Wixárika cultural fusion
The wood that comes from the copal tree (Bursera, spp) is the foundation that holds the sacred symbols of the Wixárika worldview in each piece. It grows around the community of San Martín Tilcajete, a town in the Zapotec region of the State of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. For many generations the villagers have developed the artisan work of pieces with this wood. The manufacture of each work can take up to 8 months (depending on its dimensions and details) in its completion from start to finish, using simple tools such as machete, gouges and knives for finishing. The drying of the wood is the step that makes the whole process more patient and detailed.
Marakame innovates and integrates the skills of the Zapotec artists, merging the pieces achieved by them with the visual and manual dexterity of the Wixárika who stick small one-by-one chaquiras (between 25 and 40 chaquiras per piece) in a period from 15 to 30 days. The choice of colors, shades and symbols are particularly unique and come from the spiritual "vision" that each Wixárika artist possesses. Virtues accumulated since their childhood that adapt and suggest cultural fusion with Zapoteca Copal pieces.
The holder of these artworks, carries with it the ancestral memory of the daily work of Mexican cultures in the contemporary world.