Friday, 2 December 2022

Textile Details

'No a las alzas - No a la dictadura - Basta de hambre / No to inflation - No to dictatorship - Enough of hunger', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)
'No a las alzas - No a la dictadura - Basta de hambre / No to inflation - No to dictatorship - Enough of hunger', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)

 

Title of Textile:No a las alzas - No a la dictadura - Basta de hambre / No to inflation - No to dictatorship - Enough of hunger
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1980c
Size (cm): 47cm (w) x 37cm (l)
Materials: Scraps of materials hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera
Description:

This arpillera depicts women from a poor neighbourhood protesting at inflation, dictatorship, and their continuous hunger as a result of both. With so many men “disappeared,” in the early years of the Pinochet dictatorship, these women, acting in solidarity, have taken to the streets. Their colourful dresses fulfil conventional perceptions of femininity whilst their public actions defy such traditional roles.

Initially the military ignored arpilleras as insignificant tapestries created by poor, voiceless, women, from the margins of society. And so, women continued to clandestinely stitch stories of loss, repression, human rights abuses, protest and denouncement in these arpilleras. They did so at great risk, knowing that they faced severe penalties if these condemnatory arpilleras were discovered by the authorities. With the help of church networks, they were sold outside of Chile, alerting the international community to the horrors going on within the country and providing a much needed income for these women living in poverty.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Fátima Miralles, Spain
Location: Gillian Robinson, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Colin Peck



Textile exhibited at: The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras, 8/02/2008 - 19/04/2008
Chilean Arpilleras , 11/09/2008 - 11/10/2008
The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras, 23/09/2008 - 23/09/2008
Arpilleras habitades de memòria, 14/01/2010 - 26/02/2010
'Arpilleras Aus Chile' -Eine Retrospektive, 6/05/2010 - 28/05/2010
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
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria , 26/03/2015 - 30/09/2015
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria, 8/10/2015 - 4/04/2016
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria , 13/04/2016 - 12/06/2016
Threads, War and Conflict, 3/04/2019 - 29/04/2019



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