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Holy Week Alfombra Detail: Part 1

Semana Santa (Holy Week) has come and gone again in Antigua, Guatemala along with thousands of ceremonial carpets known as alfombras, laid and destroyed in the path of processions.

This post is dedicated to details of these pieces of art made of dyed sawdust, pine needles, flowers, fruit and vegetables where biblical and Mayan themes, crosses and hearts predominate.

For more of my alfombra posts check out  Holy Week in Antigua: Alfombras and Just Kids: The Art of Alfombras. For all my Semana Santa posts including processions and velaciones (Holy Vigils) click here. Also, Holy Week Alfombra Detail: Part 2 is now posted.

14 responses

  1. The details are gorgeous! I can’t imagine how much time went into these creations, and to think they were later trampled in the processions! Thank you for sharing this glimpse of Guate.

    April 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

    • Thank you Meghan! Families and friends spend hours making these alfombras which get destroyed in just a few seconds! Their creation is a real community effort and a lot of hard work and creativity goes into them. There will be more posts!

      April 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

  2. Rini Teunissen

    Ha Lucy,

    Thank you for sharing the great photo’s and impressions. I am very happy (and quiet when I think about it) that I saw it by myself. Pity we no longer saw each other. Wish you happiness and all good wherever you will be.
    Till another time.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

    • Thank you so much for commenting Rini! What a surprise! I’m glad you got to see Semana Santa for yourself. Photos can’t capture the atmosphere and huge scale of the celebrations. I was happy to meet you with Anouk. I hope you had a fantastic stay in Antigua and travels around beautiful Guatemala. All the best to you and once again thank you for taking the time to look at my blog.
      Hasta la proxima! Lucy

      April 30, 2012 at 9:45 am

  3. Wow Lucy!!!! This is spectacular! Can I reblog it? If I do it goes right back to your site. I LOVE LOVE your amazing photos!!!!!

    April 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

    • Thank you so much Nicole!!! This is only a tiny part of them. More to come! I’m really flattered you’d like to reblog it. Of course you can!!!

      April 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

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  5. Reblogged this on thirdeyemom and commented:
    After seeing only two Alfombras in Antigua, I was spellbound by their bright colors and magnificent art. Here my friend Lucy captures some of the best during Semana Santa on Antigua. Hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    • Thank you so much for reblogging my post Nicole! I feel honored and flattered! I just wish you’d been here to see how truly incredible Semana Santa is. You would have loved it!!!

      April 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  6. Miguel Fajardo

    Me encantan las alfombras y la información proporcionada.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    • Muchisimas gracias por tu comentario Miguel!!! Fue mi ultimo año aqui en Antigua y fue un placer compartir un poco de ese tiempo con vos!

      May 1, 2012 at 7:50 am

      • Alice :)

        i love that picture where jesus is made from flowers.. that one is so beautiful..
        thank you for sharing this, you made wonderful close-ups!

        May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      • Aw thanks Alice! I took so many and still have tons more to post. I’m glad you were really into photographing the alfombras too. You made a great photo buddy!

        May 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

  7. Pingback: Holy Week in Antigua – A Close up of Alfombra Making | loca4motion

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