Thursday, 8 December 2022

Textile Details

'Marcha de las mujeres de los mineros / March of the miners’ wives, daughters and sisters', by TL, Mujeres Creativas workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Marcha de las mujeres de los mineros / March of the miners’ wives, daughters and sisters', by TL, Mujeres Creativas workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Marcha de las mujeres de los mineros / March of the miners' wives, daughters and sisters
Maker: TL, Mujeres Creativas workshop
Country of Origin: Peru
Year Produced: 2008
Size (cm): 39cm (w) x 56cm (l)
Materials: Scraps of materials hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This arpillera, by TL, is a replica of an original made in a Mujeres Creativas workshop in 1985. Here we can see clearly that TL, like other arpilleristas from Peru, adopted much from the Chilean tradition. As Cooke, Zetlin & MacDowell observe in the 2005 Weavings of War exhibition catalogue: "The Peruvian artists borrowed much from the Chilean arpilleristas: the idea of using pictorial patchwork as a vehicle for political activism, the use of church parishes for workshops, and even the use of the same overseas trading relationships with human rights organisations and international arts groups... They made an unfamiliar textile form their own, contributing boldly graphic compositions and new techniques" (p21).

In 2011, María Herrera in the course of a phone call about her work stated that marching was one of the ways Peruvian men and women protested against appalling working conditions and human rights violations. With regard to this arpillera, she said: "Many men, women and children do these sacrifice marches, walking for many days from where they come from and heading to Lima so as to protest against the shameful working conditions in the mining camps. Once in Lima they collected money and organised soup kitchens in order to survive. They also have to face repression. I felt the need to document this".

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc (Badalona)
Original / Replica: Replica
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras that Cry Out, 22/06/2009 - 10/07/2009
Finding Our Voices -The Power of Arpilleras, 26/09/2009 - 30/10/2009
Stitching Resistance, 12/10/2010 - 16/01/2011
Stitching Peace: An exhibition of Arpilleras and Quilts, 16/02/2011 - 18/03/2011
Stitching Peace: An exhibition of arpilleras and quilts, 17/05/2011 - 25/05/2011
Transforming threads of resistance, 27/02/2012 - 9/03/2012
Arpilleras in contested spaces, 3/09/2013 - 6/09/2013
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
Women 31 , 7/03/2014 - 15/04/2014
SMALL Actions BIG Movements, 1/07/2014 - 11/07/2014
Arpilleras: Verhalen over leven / Arpilleras: stories of life and survival, 23/09/2015 - 20/11/2015
ARPILLERAS: verhalen over leven ARPILLERAS: stories of life and survival, 16/01/2016 - 24/02/2016
Enduring Life: Arpillera Voices, 11/05/2016 - 15/07/2016
Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey, 9/01/2020 - 31/07/2020

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