Saturday, 30 September 2023

Textile Details

'Cacerolazo / Women banging their pots', by Felicia. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Cacerolazo / Women banging their pots', by Felicia. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Cacerolazo / Women banging their pots
Maker: Felicia
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1988
Size (cm): 50cm x 38cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

In this arpillera, we see a group of women in the streets, resolute and defiant, banging their pots with sticks. They are publicly denouncing the impoverishment they are forced to endure as a result of the economic policies of the Pinochet regime. Their cooking pots have now become implements of protest. We can assume that there is little food to cook in these pots.

Agosín details the impact of the economic and political policies of the Pinochet regime when she states: “They produced the conditions for economic growth on the backs of the underprivileged…poor women … were the main victims …Thousands of them became the only providers in their homes, as their husbands, fathers and sons disappeared …..” (Agosín, 2008)

Owner: Oshima Hakko Museum collection, Japan
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh
Provenance: In the care of Conflict Textiles collection.

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