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Amazing alfombra for a Semana Santa procession in Antigua, Guatemala | by Phil Marion
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Amazing alfombra for a Semana Santa procession in Antigua, Guatemala

ALFOMBRA – This is the Spanish word for “carpet” and that’s exacty what these temporary pieces of street art are meant to be–fancy carpets which pave the way for the andas in each procession. People spend as much as they can on alfombra ingredients which include flowers, luridly dyed wood shavings and sawdust, fruits and vegetables even glitter and tiny Noah’s Arcs. Some are hand-made and, thus, imperfect. Others are created meticulously using stencil cut outs and exact measurements. We found ones to love in all styles. Alfombras are typically created by an entire extended family on the cobblestone street in front of their home but local businesses create alfombras too.

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Taken on March 25, 2016