The Indigenous Beady Beetle


26th Dec, 2012

Huichol-style beaded VW beetle

It’s called the Vochol, a cross between the word ‘vocho’, slang in Mexico for the popular Beetle, and the word ‘Huichol’, the isolated indigenous natives of west central Mexico who spent seven months making it. This beautiful 1990 Volkswagen Beetle was hand decorated by two Huichol families using more than 2 million glass beads and bee’s wax to cover every inch of the car’s exterior and the dashboard. The finished artwork represents various landscapes of Mexico, religious messages and other symbols close to home. The proud creation, an expression of cross culture in Mexico is now traveling the world.

Beaded VW beetle

Beaded VW beetle

Beaded VW beetle

Beaded VW beetle

Huichol-style VW beetle

Photos by Angelica Portales, and Smithsonian




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