By Adrienne Bard
"The point is to raise awareness of the centuries old tradition and the native culture," said Cecilia de Moctezuma, president of the of the friends' association of Mexico City's Museum of Popular Art.
"We wanted to dignify them, because we love what they do," said de Moctezuma.
The beaded bug took native craftsmen and women, who live in the Western Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit, more than 8 months to complete and required 200 pounds of beads and a special polymer glue.
Below: "The full-sized version of the beaded bug will be auctioned after a world tour while mini beaded bugs like this one will also go on sale soon at the museum's store." (Adrienne Bard)