Mandalas are found throughout Asia, where they are often painted, or made with coloured sand – the latter being wonderfully ephemeral.
In Mexico, the Huichol and Tepehuan Indians in particular have an ancient tradition of making “Ojos de Dios” or “Eyes of God” – usually a 4 point stick and yarn weaving. The centre is traditionally white, to represent the “Eye”, that sees all things knowable and unknowable. When you combine 2 or more of these 4 point weavings, resulting in 8, 12,or more points, the weaving not only offers more pattern variety, but also becomes more circular and geometrical– hence the term “Mandala”.
Colours can be muted or vibrant; the mandalas can be small enough to fit in your hand, or large enough to grace the wall of a large hall. They can be hung on walls, on doors, in windows, in trees, on ceilings…. The possibilities are endless!