How Alfombras (carpets) Are Made

“Sand or sawdust is generally used to level the cobblestone roadway. Sawdust is then collected and dyed in different colors. Favorite colors include purple, green, blue, red, yellow, and black. Flowers such as bougainvillea, chrysanthemums, carnations, roses, and other native plants and pine needles are also used.”

 Before laying the base, the spot is washed with a garden hose. Not only does it clean the area, it also holds down the sawdust base, gluing it to the street. A frame of 2x4s is made, and a layer of raw sawdust is poured to make the carpet level since the cobblestone streets are not flat. For builders to work in the middle of a carpet, large boards are placed across a carpet resting on the 2x4s. After a carpet is made, it is sprayed with water again.

 Pictures are welcomed, and praise of one’s work is even better. However, it is not recommended to offer tips for their work. This generally brings astonishment; after all, these are selfless works of art made as sacrificial offerings to Christ.

 

 

 

Thanks to http://www.travelyucatan.com/maya/mayan_holy_week_carpets.php and http://www.questconnect.org/guat_semana_santa.htm for quotes and information on alfombras. 

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