Weaving with Light

By weaving tiny crystals into fabrics, a new technology is lighting up the night for people who lack electricity.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM October 11, 2007

In the rugged Sierra Madre mountain range of west central Mexico, the native Huichol people live much the way their ancestors did—without electricity. That's because it's too expensive to string power lines to the remote mountain areas where they live. The lack of electricity has a direct effect on the Huichol economy.

To help support themselves, the Huichol create beautiful artwork, including paintings made from yarn and sculptures made from beads. They sell their art in cities hundreds of...

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