Thursday, November 08, 2012

San Miguel de Allende ~Alfeñiques

San Miguel de Allende. Sugar sculpture for the altars
During the few days before Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) there is a market with about 2 dozen stalls selling these hand made sugar figures, to be placed on the altars. (You'll see those in tomorrow's post.) Some of the vendors have made these alfeñiques for over 40 years--it's quite an art form! 
San Miguel de Allende. Sugar sculpture for the altars
Clearly, I'm fascinated by them. Teeny, tiny, plates of enchiladas, rice and beans, donuts and hamburgers.
San Miguel de Allende. Sugar sculpture for the altars
sugar coffins
"Like life, sweet but fragile."
San Miguel de Allende. Sugar sculpture for the altars
fruit baskets

San Miguel de Allende. Sugar sculpture for the altars
little cardboard coffins

San Miguel de Allende. Sugar sculpture for the altars
Here are the ones I bought, you can see how small they are compared to the coin.

San Miguel de Allende. Sugar sculpture for the altarsSan Miguel de Allende. Sugar sculpture for the altars
One morning, I was at the market, and it was filled with dozens of little school kids, pesos in hand, purchasing their own alfeniques. They were all so cute!

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