Textile Details

Chilean Arpillera:
Chilean Arpillera: "Vida cotidiana poblacional; vamos a la escuela/Lets go to school". (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Escuela en la población / School in a población
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1980c
Size (cm): 89cm x 59cm
Materials: Scraps of material handsewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This arpillera belongs to a series of three big arpilleras, the complete size of a flour sack, with a specific focus on each. This particular piece titled: "Vida cotidiana poblacional; vamos a la escuela." depicts dwellers in a shantytown community of Santiago going about their daily routines, engaged in a myriad of family, community and economic activities.

On the left hand side we see a very small school where children are engrossed in their lessons and play activities. Here in this neighbourhood, where life is a daily struggle for the majority, education remains at the heart of the community, highlighting the resilience of families in finding local solutions during the dictatorship. Attending classes in these small schools also protected children from being involved in riots or detained for breaking curfew.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Kinderhilfe arpillera collection, Chile/Bonn
Location: Breege Doherty, Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras y cotidianeidad femenina, 5/10/2013 - 7/11/2013
Mujeres que Hilvanan Días / Women that Sew Days Together, 5/03/2015 - 10/04/2015
Arpilleras de América Latina: Mujeres cosedoras de vida , 19/03/2016 - 24/04/2016
LA VIDA QUE SE TEJE Tejidos de América Latina por la memoria y la vida, 11/05/2016 - 10/07/2016
War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
War-Torn Children , 17/07/2017 - 28/07/2017
War-Torn Children, 2/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018
War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018

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