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    'Arpilleristas y cartoneros/ Arpillerista women and cardboard collectors', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)
    'Arpilleristas y cartoneros/ Arpillerista women and cardboard collectors', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)


    Title of Textile:Arpilleristas y cartoneros / Arpillerista women and cardboard collectors
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1978c
    Size (cm): 50cm (l) x 40cm (w)
    Materials: Scraps of materials hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    This arpillera, upbeat and hopeful against the backdrop of poverty and political repression, depicts scenes from everyday life in a Santiago “población” (poor area). Industrious arpilleristas are at work, streets are being swept and neighbours chat at their doors. The cartoneros (people who collect cardboard to sell) struggling up the hill with their trailers full remind us of the harsh poverty of the area, a poverty heightened by the policies of the Pinochet dictatorship.

    In the midst of this, these women in their myriad of roles, ever resilient, not only found a way to survive but as arpilleristas found a way to narrate their stories to a global audience. Through this arpillera we journey into the work space of these women, absorbed in the process of creating their collective arpillera, ensuring that their experiences are known in the outside world.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Kinderhilfe arpillera collection, Chile/Bonn
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Colin Peck

    Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras: Voices on Tapestries, 8/03/2010 - 31/03/2010
    Arpilleras: Embajadoras para el Bicentenario Quilts/Arpilleras: Ambassadors for the B, 14/04/2010 - 20/05/2010
    Exhibit of Chilean Arpilleras, 20/05/2010 - 22/05/2010
    Stitching Resistance, 12/10/2010 - 16/01/2011
    Arpilleras e resistência política no Chile , 30/07/2011 - 30/10/2011
    Arpilleras of Chilean political resistance , 22/03/2012 - 5/06/2012
    Arpilleras Poéticas y recital del poeta chileno Jaime Huenún, 10/11/2012 - 15/12/2012
    Arpilleras in contested spaces, 3/09/2013 - 6/09/2013
    RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
    Arpillera Journeys, 6/03/2015 - 12/06/2015
    Conflict Textiles collection - Embassy of Chile in Ireland, 16/11/2016 - 10/10/2017
    Arpillera Doll Making Workshop, 1/12/2017 - 1/12/2017
    Latin American Village, 16/02/2018 - 16/02/2018
    Conflict, Famine and Displacement: Then and Now, 13/06/2020 - 27/06/2020

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