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© Pilas de Las Capuchinas, La Antigua Guatemala by Rudy Giron

Laundromats in Colonial Times

I pride myself of knowing every little corner of La Antigua Guatemala so whenever I discover a hidden aspect in this colonial …


Palo de Izote Reflected

Palo de Izote is the Mesoamerican cousin of the Joshua or Yucca tree. I have a fascination with the Izote tree; I …


Making Pilas: Setting the Mold

The first step of making the Guatemalan washbasin is to set the concrete mold pieces and then filling it with concrete. The …


Making Pilas: Removing the Mold

Actually, I should say removing the mold pieces. Basically, to manufacture pilas, washbasins, there four basic steps: Set the mold pieces and …


Making Pilas: Adding Color

These pilas go for a little over Q500/$60 because they use higher quality paint and more cement in the concrete mixture. Cheaper …