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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Silletero to Demonstrate on the Mall

As the Smithsonian Folklife Festival features Colombia, a silletero will bring his floral craft to Washington.


Silleta by Alexander de Jesús Nieto of Santa Elena, Colombia for the 2010 Feria de las Flores, Medellin

Photo: Cristina Diaz-Carrera, Smithsonian Institution

This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival, held annually on the national Mall in Washington, D.C., will feature, among many others, Alexander de Jesús Nieto of Santa Elena, Colombia.

Nieto is a silletero, a flower carrier and in folklore-ese, a “tradition bearer” too.

The silleteros carry huge loads of fresh blooms from flower farms, many in the mountains, into the city market centers for sale. We suppose that most flower growers get their blooms to market in trucks these days, but the silletero tradition lives on, perhaps the clearest human flower project on Earth to show the back-bruising work behind cut-flowers.

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Posted by Julie on 06/21 at 01:37 PM
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