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Just Kids: The Art of Alfombras

Guatemalan kids love to express their creative side helping their parents in the art of making elaborate, vivid alfombras (carpets) of gaudily dyed aserrín (sawdust), pine needles, flowers and fruit during Semana Santa (Holy Week).

Engrossed in their handiwork, mostly oblivious to onlookers, they play with color and form. Laying flowers and petals on carpets of soft, scented pine needles or sifting, spooning and massaging with fingertips psychedelic sawdust into carved out shapes in wooden stencils: this is the ultimate art class for kids!

Here are just a few images captured in Antigua at this time.

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4 responses

  1. Love the pictures Lucy! Gorgeous! Also I enjoy photos of the children who are just as beautiful as the art!

    June 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

    • Thanks so much Nicole! Yes the kids are as beautiful as the art and I love taking photos of them. Very photogenic!

      June 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

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