Oil Painting from Guatemala
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Calla lilies and bougainvillea bloom beneath the blue skies of autumn. Wearing the traditional red and blue of Comalapa, women work alongside men crafting balloons while a flute and drum convey the excitement of the occasion. "The balloons of Comalapa date back to about 1940," artist Filiberto Chalí says. "A young woman suddenly took ill and died soon afterward. Her fiancée was devastated and couldn't resign himself to never communicating with his beloved again. So he made a beautiful kite that he sent skyward on November 1, All Saint's Day, in order to feel a link with her. These eventually evolved into balloons, which are sent aloft each year."
Titled "Elaboración de globos" in Spanish.