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Huicholes Aim to Create Record-Breaking Beaded Mural

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July 23, 2018

A group of 15 Wixáritari (or Huichol) in Jalisco have been working around the clock over the last seven weeks to complete the 32 pieces of an 882-square foot mosaic that will weigh two tons when finished.

Guadalajara, Mexico - Members of the indigenous Wixarika community in San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán, Jalisco are using thousands of beads to create an 81-square-meter (882-square-foot) mosaic in an attempt to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's largest mural.

The Wixaritari - whose colorful handmade beaded crafts are renowned the world over - are native to the Mexican Pacific states of Jalisco and Nayarit.

According to EFE, 15 Wixárica have been working around the clock for seven weeks to finish the 32 pieces that will make up the colorful mosaic, which will weigh a total of two tons when completed.

Maurilio Rentería Guzmán told the news agency that this is the first time that anyone has attempted to make a mosaic of this size and that the hardest part of the job was transferring the design to the plywood sheets that are the bases of each piece.

"We have had to put it together piece by piece like a jigsaw puzzle and then we had to thread the lines to match," he said. "It has all been quite a challenge for us. We thought about how we would be able to accomplish it for almost half a day, and actually doing it took us two days."

According to EFE, the world record mosaic is indeed "a source of employment for the local families" and "a chance to showcase their art and culture to the world."

"Whether at a national or international level, this is a very large project that will put both the Wixaritari and Jalisco on the map," Rentería added.

The 32 segments are expected to be finished within the next few days and will be mounted as a single piece ahead of its presentation at the 25th International Mariachi and Charro Festival, set to take place from August 20 through September 2 in Guadalajara, Jalisco.