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Guatamalan Alfombras

Chasinmendo's picture

OK, so this isn't really weaving-related but I thought it was worth a look.  I never realized the during Holy Week (Semana Santa)  the Alfombras were created specifically for the occasion and are assembled by individuals of collected plant materials.  


Antigua Guatemala Holy Week Alfombras- Kid World Citizen


Guatemala Antigua Holy Week Alfombras- Kid World Citizen



The article comes from here: http://kidworldcitizen.org/2012/04/06/photos-of-guatemalan-alfombras-street-decorations-for-holy-week/


Joined: 06/20/2009
Beautiful pictures! I guess

Beautiful pictures! I guess that is Antigua where the alfombras are said to be the most spectacular. Certainly they are way more deatiled than the ones I saw in Huehuetenango and Nebaj when I was in Guatemala for Easter. I wrote a blog post a couple of years ago about a Semana Santa that I spent in various places in Guatemala if you would like to see how people in some of the smaller places spend their time. The pictures are scanned prints so not as pretty as the ones above.

endorph's picture
Joined: 09/12/2011

are gorgeous - thanks for sharing the pictures and the link.

Chasinmendo's picture
Joined: 02/12/2011
Nice to heaar from you

Nice to heaar from you Laverne and thanks endorph.  I thought they were beautiful and I had always just assumed they were carpets since I have never had the opportunity to examine them first hand.  I really enjoyed your blog post Laverne (I always do). I have a very good friend who teaches ceramics and art at the college level. My friend is teaching a class in art this semester where she examines art for religious purposes.  I have always maintained that some of the most beautiful art work was ecclesiastical.  Have you read the book "The Sacred and the Profane" by Mircea Eliade.  In the book this historian explores the dichotomy that exists in our worlds where we believe our world is largely secular but we maintain religious ties philosophically. It is not a religious book but one that examines ritual and art dedicated to world religious. Many years ago as an undergraduate student I took a class entitled "bible as History" for a needed elective and I enjoyed the class so much I've kept studying the way people interpret religion in their art. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and the article.

Regards, Charles

thelmaweaves's picture
Joined: 06/08/2009
These are just spectacular!

Imagine the time and patience to create these.  I never saw these before, how amazing.  Sharon

Pamela Hunt's picture
Joined: 03/22/2012

What beautiful art work. I can't imagine how long it must have taken them to do this and just look at the spectacular color!  Thanks for sharing!

ChrisWeaveMaine's picture
Joined: 04/15/2011

Thank you for sharing this.  What incredibly beauty.  It reminds me of how all our toil on this earth is fleeting, but how rewarding it is create beautiful things although we know they won't last. (I feel better about the handwoven placemats my husband spills barbecue sauce and mustard on -- I'll happily weave more!)