Friday, 2 June 2023

Textile Details

'Daily Life in Zambia II', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Daily Life in Zambia II', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Daily life in Zambia II
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Zambia
Year Produced: 2010
Size (cm): 67cm x 61cm
Materials: Scraps of material appliqued onto background material
Type of Textile: Wall hanging appliqué

This six-panel wall hanging appliqué illustrates daily life in a rural village in Zambia, Africa. Reflecting on this piece, Marjorie Agosín, (author of "Tapestries of hope, threads of love: The arpillera Movement in Chile 1974-1994") commented: "Each piece is profoundly individual and universal at the same time". It is important to note the connection between arpilleras and these textiles, as the women who stitched them return to their sewing traditions to portray their daily lives.

A folded scrap of handwritten paper found in a pot of one of the six scenes, shares with us what the maker seemed to want us to know about her life.

"Timue and wife Tsala relaxing at home. She is going to the market. Tsala is receiving the herbs from the African doctor. Seated outside the hut, cooking food. They are on the way to visit friends. They are heading home carrying pots of water."

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

Textile exhibited at: 'Arpilleras Aus Chile' -Eine Retrospektive, 6/05/2010 - 28/05/2010
Stitching Resistance, 12/10/2010 - 16/01/2011
Stitched Voices: Knowing conflict through textiles, 17/11/2017 - 20/12/2017

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