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    'Hilvanando la busqueda  / Stitching the search', by Nicole Drouilly. (Photo: Roser Corbera)
    'Hilvanando la busqueda / Stitching the search', by Nicole Drouilly. (Photo: Roser Corbera)


    Title of Textile:Hilvanando la busqueda / Stitching the search
    Maker: Nicole Drouilly
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 2014
    Size (cm): 1.90m (w) x 1.60m (h)
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Quilt

    On October 30 1974, 13 months after General Pinochet seized power, social work student Jacqueline Drouilly and her husband, Marcelo Salinas Eytel were abducted from their home in Santiago by the security police. Despite embarking on a painstaking search process, Jacqueline’s family never saw her again, never recovered her remains and never knew the fate of their unborn baby.

    In this quilt, Nicole Drouilly shares memories from the life of her older sister. She describes the tumultuous stages of the search beginning with, “the search … for a living person,” gradually realising they would not find Jacqueline alive, and finally, facing the reality of “never see[ing] her again.”

    For Nicole, who persists in seeking justice for Jacqueline and Marcelo, this quilt provides solace: “the geometrical designs …give order to chaos…a labyrinth ends in a wall,… mandalas …guide my actions and infinite journeys.”

    She commends those who pause to view her quilt. “… I thank them from now and forever the passing minutes they dedicate to observe the quilt and unite to me in thinking about Jacqueline.”

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Roser Corbera

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