Sunday, 29 January 2023

Textile Details

'LA BODA DE MI HIJA / My daughter’s wedding', by Fàtima Mansouri. (Photo: Ricard Díez)
'LA BODA DE MI HIJA / My daughter’s wedding', by Fàtima Mansouri. (Photo: Ricard Díez)


Title of Textile:LA BODA DE MI HIJA / My daughter’s wedding
Maker: Fàtima Mansouri
Country of Origin: Catalonia / Spain
Year Produced: 2017
Size (cm): 50cm (l) x 50cm (w)
Materials: Burlap, scraps of materials, decorations
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This arpillera was made as part of a workshop titled “Let us sew our rights!” facilitated by Esther Pardo on behalf of Sabadell City Council in Catalonia, between April and June 2017. Workshop participants came from different parts of the country and beyond.

Fatima, who created this piece, is from Amasija in Northern Turkey. She explains the background to this arpillera: “At the time my daughter got married in Morocco, I could not attend her wedding. That makes me very angry and sad. I could not go as I do not have my documentation. I lost my rights to residence because I had to look after my mother in Morocco who had cancer. My arpillera represents the wedding I could not attend. My bride wears different layers of dresses and jewellery as it is a tradition there”

As the immigration law only allows residents to be away for less than six months over a calendar year, Fatima is at present an undocumented person.

Owner: Department of Civil Rights and Gender at Sabadell City Council, Catalonia
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Ricard Díez

Textile exhibited at: Threads, War and Conflict, 3/04/2019 - 29/04/2019
Embracing Human Rights, 5/11/2019 - 18/12/2019
Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey, 9/01/2020 - 31/07/2020
Conflict, Famine and Displacement: Then and Now, 13/06/2020 - 27/06/2020
Suitcases: Telling Textile Travels /Maletas: Contando Viajes Textiles, 1/10/2021 - 7/11/2021

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