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Alexander de Jesús Nieto Marín

cultivator, florist, silletero, Santa Helena

Alexander Nieto is a silletero and flower cultivator from Santa Helena, an area famous for its tradition of flower growers. He has a vast knowledge of the use of flowers in traditional healing and medicine. And his silleta, or flower carrier shaped like a chair, carries over fifty different flower varieties.

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Alexander de Jesús Nieto Marín
Alexander de Jesús Nieto Marín

Alexander de Jesús Nieto Marín standing next to his silleta before putting it on for the day and showcasing it to festival visitors. Photo by Samantha Hawkins, Smithsonian Institution