Travel Photography Photos tagged as maria
The procession has passed. Children go up and play in the left over sawdust. Some people stoop down and pick up a bit of the sawdust as a remembrance. In a minute the city workers will descend upon the remaining sawdust and sweep it away leaving only a faded memory.
After the Anda with Jesus and a few saints there is the Anda carrying Virgin Mary. There is little left of the alfombra, but they will make sure they walk over what is there.
You can see what is left of the beautiful artwork as the drummers behind the anda now cross over the alfombra. The colors are still there but it no longer resembles the image that was once there a few minutes before.
There is a strangeness about watching the anda of Jesus crossing over the face of Jesus. Did Jesus not sacrifice himself? This would seem a good representation of that.
The first steps of the and onto the alfombra. There is a sadness coming over me as I've invested lots of time to watch this one being created.
The very serious Roman guards make onlookers step back to make way for the Jesus anda.
After the Roman guards the cucuruchos process before the anda. These also will not be stepping on the alfombra.
Cucuruchos carrying incense burners bless the way before the anda carrying Jesus arrives.
The procession is around the corner from the Santa Maria carpet. They are receiving a blessing in front of the Cathedral and we can see the soldiers preparing to walk down the side of the Captain's General Building were this alfombra is located. The soldiers will not step foot on the alfombra.
After removal of the boards that form the frame around the alfombra you get an opportunity to see the layers of sawdust which at this point is about 3 inches deep.
The main artist of the village from Santa Maria de Jesus survey's the finished carpet.
Using the panoramic setting on my camera I used two frames to get a sense of the size of this alfombra.
The waves were very interesting because they sparkled. They had gone to the added expense to get some blue colored sparkle flakes at an artisan shop to give the waves some additional depth.
With the faces and hands installed of Jesus and the disciples the boat comes to life.
The artists decided to create the hands and faces at home and bring them finished to the alfombra. Using a king of cardboard the sawdust was glued onto the cardboard in the design they made.
The word "Fe" means faith. They use stencils to ensure all the letters are the same size and finish off the details with "unique" instruments.
A spoon becomes one of the most important tools in the alfombra maker's toolbox if he is working with sawdust.
I could tell there was a boat with someone it the boat and a storm so several bible stories came to mind. I asked one of the artists, "What is it?" and he showed me the picture on his shirt. It is an artist's rendering of Mark 4:35-41, Jesus calming the storm.
The artists lay wooden planks over the alfombra to have a platform from which to work. Here he is adding details to the boat.
After they laid on a base of plain sawdust they began with a layer of blue and then a blue black layer to give depth. Water is sprayed throughout the process to keep the sawdust from blowing away.
Santa Maria de Jesus is a village located at the base of the Agua Volcano. These villagers have been making a carpet here for the past eight years, but they have been making carpets for over 60 years in their own village!
Time to pack our bags, just three days away...