One of the first stops I made on my recent trip to Sayulita, Mexico (travel guide coming soon) was to Evoke the Spirit: a light-filled, eclectic boutique filled with traditional Mexican crafts, home goods, and jewelry, all designed with a sophisticated and modern spirit. Having found their gorgeous yarn-painted skulls randomly on Instagram, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one!
Once I stepped foot in the tiny shop, I never wanted to leave. I felt right at home and immediately started gathering items to turn my own apartment into an exact replica. The stark white-washed walls of the space created the perfect backdrop for all of the brightly colored Mexican blankets, tapestries, cow skulls and macrame wall hangings.
The sales associates were absolutely lovely and were so excited to show me their current collection of yarn-painted skulls that I had come in search of. They even revealed a “secret stash” of larger, long horn skulls that hid behind a gauzy curtain. There were so many stunning options I didn’t know how to choose just one! It took me over an hour to decide on “sweet sunset” a porcelain skull decorated with white, grey, pink and gold yarn in a traditional Huichol design.
While strolling through the village later on that day, I stumbled upon Evoke’s smaller outpost where artisans were in the process of making these beautiful skulls and I got to take a closer look! To make these yarn paintings the artist spreads beeswax on a real cow skull (or a porcelain version), sketches out a design and fills it out by carefully pressing brightly colored yarns into the wax. I was amazed by the intricate yarn work and the true craftsmanship of the pieces they were making. It was then that I realized I was taking home a true work of traditional Mexican art, not just a decorative artifact!
This tiny shop in the middle of a small surfing village truly did evoke the spirit of the local, colorful and bohemian culture, and I was so so happy to be able to take a small reminder of that contagious spirit back home with me.