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     'La cueca sola / Dancing cueca alone', by Aurora Ortiz (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'La cueca sola / Dancing cueca alone', by Aurora Ortiz (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:La cueca sola / Dancing cueca alone
    Maker: Aurora Ortiz
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 2016
    Size (cm): 40cm (w) x 65cm (l)
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    The traditional Chilean dance, La Cueca, represents the different emotions and stages of romance and is danced in pairs, wearing colourful clothing. In La Cueca Sola, the women dance alone, dressed in severe black and white. Their husbands, sons, brothers, or lovers have been disappeared or exiled, so they continue the dance, wearing the image of their loved ones over their hearts.

    La Cueca Sola has become a powerful story. The women prove to the world that their dance cannot be stopped by military action and their courage and determination has inspired people all over the world, including musician Sting, whose song “They dance alone” has been covered by many other artists. La Cueca Sola has inspired many different textile interpretations. This recent interpretation by Aurora Ortiz follows two earlier versions by her in 2012 and 2014.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

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