Friday, 2 December 2022

Textile Details

'Corte de Agua 2 / Water Cut 2', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Corte de Agua 2 / Water Cut 2', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Corte de agua 2 / Water cut 2
Maker: Taller de Mujeres Zona Oriente, Santiago
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1980c
Size (cm): 70cm (w) x 60cm (l)
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This arpillera from the first decade of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile depicts the hardship of the people in a poor community. They have had their water cut off, forcing them to go some distance to collect buckets of water for domestic and personal needs. It is a reminder that the poor were much oppressed. In spite of this, the community is pulling together and boys are helping the women fill their buckets. These characters seem to be able to cope with the difficult circumstance and act so as to solve the problem.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Kinderhilfe arpillera collection, Chile/Bonn
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

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