Tuesday, 23 April 2024

Textile Details

'Quilt of Remembrance', by WAVE trauma centre participants. (Photo: WAVE Archive)
'Quilt of Remembrance', by WAVE trauma centre participants. (Photo: WAVE Archive)


Title of Textile:Quilt of Remembrance
Maker: WAVE trauma centre participants
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year Produced: 2013
Size (cm): 2.3m x 1.5m
Materials: A mixture of natural and synthetic fabrics
Type of Textile: Quilt

This quilt, the work of a cross-community group of WAVE participants, was created over a four year period. Spanning four decades it depicts life before The Troubles in 1969, portrays key events during The Troubles and closes with the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Here women portray their deeply personal experiences of The Troubles and their journey to healing. In the words of one participant: “I have been on a journey of healing and this quilt has been a big part of it.”

In this collective work: pain, suffering and trauma coupled with a great sense of strength, solidarity, hope for, and commitment to, a better future based on mutual understanding and respect find expression.

This arpillera is also documented in Accounts of the Conflict a digital archive of personal accounts of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland, located at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), Ulster University. A total of 10 textiles from the Conflict Textiles collection are included in “Accounts of the Conflict”.

Owner: WAVE trauma centre, Northern Ireland
Location: WAVE trauma centre, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: WAVE Archive

Textile exhibited at: Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 17/11/2014 - 18/11/2014
Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 6/02/2015 - 7/03/2015
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria, 8/10/2015 - 4/04/2016

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