Wednesday, 21 February 2024

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


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
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh
Provenance: Kinderhilfe arpillera collection, Chile/Bonn

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
Tras las Huellas de las Arpilleras / Following the footsteps of the Arpilleras , 27/04/2021 - 27/04/2021
Conflict Textiles collection: McClay Library, Queen's University, Belfast, 6/04/2022 - 1/06/2023
Waking the Land, 11/07/2023 - 11/07/2023
Conflict Textiles arpillera workshop with Level 2 Spanish students, QUB, 1/11/2023 - 1/11/2023

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