Thursday, 1 June 2023

Textile Details

'Survival Strategies', by Mujeres Creativas Workshop, Lima, Peru. (Photo: Colin Peck)
'Survival Strategies', by Mujeres Creativas Workshop, Lima, Peru. (Photo: Colin Peck)


Title of Textile:Survival Strategies
Maker: Mujeres Creativas Workshop
Country of Origin: Peru
Year Produced: 1994
Size (cm): 1.48m (w) x 1.21m (l)
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto a hessian backing
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Mujeres Creativas Group was founded by Manuela Ramos, a feminist organisation in Peru. Manuela Ramos supports women in different ways, enables their active participation in society, and helps them perceive and realise their rights as free citizens. Mujeres Creativas Group started in 1985 to find means to generate income for women.

This arpillera represents how people are working to provide for their families. When the factories shut down, the women were forced to look for new survival strategies. They started workshops, like the arpillera-group. Besides working on arpilleras, seeking for other ways of making money, these women do appliqué pictures onto T-shirts and other crafts. They also cook for parties and group meetings. Other projects are the "Milk Programme," which provides milk for children in poor areas, or they established "Wawawasi," day-care for children, so that women may go to work to provide for their families.

This colourful and vibrant arpillera shows the way the arpillerista women see their community and also the way they want others to perceive it. We see people who are trying to earn money though all means possible: men women, children, old people; everyone must do something.

Owner: Women in One World / Frauen in der Einen Welt e.V
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Colin Peck

Textile exhibited at: The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts, 8/03/2008 - 19/04/2008

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