Friday, 30 September 2022

Textile Details

'Los Mapuche / The Mapuche', Anonymous. (Photo: Jürgen Schaffer)
'Los Mapuche / The Mapuche', Anonymous. (Photo: Jürgen Schaffer)


Title of Textile:Los Mapuche / The Mapuche
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1985
Size (cm): 67cm (w) x 62cm (l)
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

The Mapuche are an indigenous people in South-Central Chile and South -western Argentina with a textile tradition that stretches back hundreds of years and passes down from one generation to the next. This piece reflects the people's strong sense of cultural identity through their textiles, garments, musical instruments (cultrún and trutruca), jewellery and the home (ruca). Theirs is an identity under threat in a world that often destroys such small ethnic groups with overpowering westernisation. This piece reflects the Mapuche dream and need for a peaceful existence as a people in their own right.

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

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