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    'Mamá Rayhuana', Anonymous. (Photo: Jürgen Schaffer)
    'Mamá Rayhuana', Anonymous. (Photo: Jürgen Schaffer)

     

    Title of Textile:Mamá Rayhuana
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Peru
    Year Produced: 2008
    Size (cm): 30cm x 30cm
    Materials: Scraps of material handsewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Book
    Description:

    This handsewn textile book, using vibrantly coloured fabrics, depicts an old Peruvian legend of how the world evolved. We are told that many years ago, after a long period of drought the people had nothing to eat. The little Yuc Yuc bird, with its yellow beak and legs assured the people he would bring them food from the Goddess Rayhuana; food which she kept closely guarded.

    The Yuc Yuc asked his friend Papamoscas for help. In an instant when Mamá Rayhuana was not vigilant, Papamoscas threw a handful of fleas into her eyes causing her to scratch and let go of her child Conopa. An eagle snatched Conopa. However, all the birds returned Conopa safely to Mamá Rayhuana when she shared seeds and food with the humans.

    To the people of the coast, she gave beans and sweet potatoes. To the people of the Islands she gave potatoes, ollucos and quinoa. The forest people received bananas and Yuca. The men learned to till the land and harvest crops and they were never hungry again.

    These ancient themes of food insecurity, violence, the close connection of indigenous people to the land and children caught in the chaos of conflict all find resonance in present day Peru. A recent Peruvian arpillera “Violencia en Ayacucho/Violence in Ayacucho” (2009) depicts a child’s memories of the military arriving in Ayacucho, reminding us that the Conopa’s experience is universal, current and all too frequent.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Jürgen Schaffer



    Textile exhibited at: Cultural Stories in Textiles, 25/02/2010 - 27/02/2010
    'Arpilleras Aus Chile' -Eine Retrospektive, 6/05/2010 - 28/05/2010
    Arpilleras and the Poetry of Survival, 10/05/2011 - 9/06/2011
    War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
    (Des)tejiendo miradas. Relatos y correlatos textiles sobre reconciliación en Colombia, 20/01/2021 - 21/04/2021



    Textile Detail Image(s)

      'Mamá Rayhuana' (photo of inside of book), Anonymous. (Photo: Jürgen Schaffer)