The center of a town on the Costa del Sol is again very colorful this summer. For the fourth year in a row, a handmade awning adorns the main street of Alhaurín de la Torre thanks to students attending council crochet classes and creating another of these traditional awnings to keep the area cool in the heat .
In fact, the students have been very busy this year because in addition to the colorful canopy for Calle Malaga, they have made one for nearby Calle Ermita which consists of umbrella-style parasols, made using the same technique.
The unusual Calle Malaga canopy is made up of sections that have been crocheted separately over the years and then sewn together.
It’s getting bigger and bigger too; this summer it covers a total of 500 square meters and a length of 60 meters, with different patterns and compositions on different themes. Anyone who stands under the canopy and looks at it can expect to see the flags of Alhaurín de la Torre, Spain and Andalusia and images relating to the four seasons of the year, among others.
The wool that was used to crochet the canopy came from leftovers that students attending classes brought from home.
As mentioned earlier, this year the project has gone further and extended to Calle Ermita, where the canopy of the parasols includes motifs dedicated to the religious brotherhoods of Alhaurín and elsewhere in the province of Malaga, as well as to Ukraine and the LGTB community, to name a few.
Here, the structure covers the stretch of street between Plaza de San Sebastián and Plaza Santa Ana, and it has been completed with hook pieces that were not needed for the canopy of Calle Malaga.
The project started in 2019 as an alternative to using less environmentally friendly products such as plastic to provide shade for the street, and it has now become one of the symbols of summer in Alhaurín de la Torre and elsewhere in the world. In fact, in the twin town of Alhaurín, Nueva Iberia (Louisiana, USA), local residents made their own similar canopy in April, inspired by the work of these ladies from the province of Malaga.
The crocheted canopy that was made in Nueva Iberia was featured in a local newspaper, The Daily Iberian, which explained that 23 people had contributed to the work. Some of them were sent from elsewhere in Louisiana and others from other states like Texas and Arizona. The canopy patterns of Nueva Iberia are also very varied and colorful, and some even include images of the region’s wildlife.
Alhaurín de la Torre and Nueva Iberia have been partners for many years. The two towns were twinned in 2009 because many families in the Louisiana town are descendants of families from Alhaurín who immigrated there in the 18th century.
During the installation of the new canopy, the mayor of Alhaurín de la Torre, Joaquín Villanova, thanked the students for their “work of art”, openly admired by many people, here and abroad.
Environment Councilor Jéssica Trujillo said the initiative has attracted a lot of attention and is not only a way to protect the environment but also to promote local and traditional commerce in the historic center of Alhaurín. of the Tower.