"Alfombra Making: Collaboration, Art, and Place" by Dr. Rina Little and UT Art Education Associate Professor Christina Bain

"AS WE ARRIVED IN GUATEMALA for a study abroad program with students, our main focus was on building an alfombra, which is a sawdust carpet adorning a processional route (Figure 1). We created our alfombra with our Casa Herrera hosts during the Semana Santa or Holy Week celebrations and captured the narratives that reflected our experience. Casa Herrera, located in Antigua, Guatemala, is an extension of the University of Texas at Austin’s Mesoamerica Center. Our 10’ x 20’ alfombra took months of preplanning to design, which we accomplished through discussion, negotiation, problem solving, and collaboration..."

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