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    'Lavandería popular / Community launderette', anonymous.
(Photo: Raihner Huhle)
    'Lavandería popular / Community launderette', anonymous. (Photo: Raihner Huhle)


    Title of Textile:Lavandería popular / Community launderette
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1979
    Size (cm): 49cm x 41cm
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    While demonstrating the physically hard life of the women laundry workers, this arpillera, created in the early years of the Pinochet dictatorship and acquired in 1983, also reflects on the continuity of life in the midst of chaos. Here in the routine of their daily work of scrubbing, washing and beating the dust from the clothes brought to the laundry, there is a familiarity and a kind of normality, absent and unattainable in the bigger picture.

    This arpillera, donated by Eyke Shannon, was passed over to Conflict Textiles via Andy & Edwina Dunning on 30th March, 2015.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Eyke Shannon, England. Received in March 2015
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Raihner Huhle

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