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    'La cueca sola / Dancing cueca alone', by Aurora Ortiz. 
(Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'La cueca sola / Dancing cueca alone', by Aurora Ortiz. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:La cueca sola / Dancing cueca alone
    Maker: Aurora Ortiz
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 2014
    Size (cm): 38cm x 48cm
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    The traditional Chilean dance, La Cueca, represents the different emotions and stages of romance and is danced in pairs, wearing colourful clothing. In La Cueca Sola, though, the women dance alone, dressed in severe black and white. Their husbands, sons, brothers, or lovers have been disappeared or exiled, so they continue the dance, wearing the image of their loved ones over their hearts.

    La Cueca Sola has become a powerful story. The women prove to the world that their dance cannot be stopped by military action and their courage and determination has inspired people all over the world, including musician Sting, whose song has been covered by many other artists including Joan Baez and Holly Near. La Cueca Sola has inspired many different interpretations in textile, with this recent interpretation by Aurora Ortiz.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Memorial da América Latina, São Paulo (Brasil)
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

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