Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Textile Details

'Escuelita de Otavalo / Otavalo Primary School', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Escuelita de Otavalo / Otavalo Primary School', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Escuelita de Otavalo / Otavalo Primary School
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Ecuador
Year Produced: 2008c
Size (cm): 100cm (l) x 95cm (w)
Materials: Scraps of indigenous woven cottons
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This contemporary arpillera is from Otavalo, a largely indigenous town in the Imbabura province of Ecuador. It illustrates, through an imaginative take on traditional indigenous Ecuadorian weaving techniques, a classroom scene. The indigenous Otavaleños are famous for weaving textiles, which are sold at the Saturday market.

This arpillera was bought in 2009 by the Chilean filmmaker Vivienne Barry, who is known for her award winning animated short film about the arpillerista movement in Chile. The largest image is that of a female with braided hair carrying a bag. She may be the teacher of the school, or perhaps the arpillerista who made the arpillera. We also see a row of children and a blackboard bearing the words: “My little house is the most beautiful in the world.” It is a simple, yet powerful image, reminding us of our human need for a home and education; needs which are often denied or inaccessible to people living in conflict zones.

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

Textile exhibited at: Cultural Stories in Textiles, 25/02/2010 - 27/02/2010
Arpilleras: Voices on Tapestries, 8/03/2010 - 31/03/2010
Arpilleras: Embajadoras para el Bicentenario Quilts/Arpilleras: Ambassadors for the B, 14/04/2010 - 20/05/2010
Exhibit of Chilean Arpilleras, 20/05/2010 - 22/05/2010
Stitching Peace: An exhibition of Arpilleras and Quilts, 16/02/2011 - 18/03/2011
Stitching Peace: An exhibition of arpilleras and quilts, 17/05/2011 - 25/05/2011
Transforming threads of resistance, 27/02/2012 - 9/03/2012
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
Arpilleras: Verhalen over leven / Arpilleras: stories of life and survival, 23/09/2015 - 20/11/2015
Arpilleras de América Latina: Mujeres cosedoras de vida , 19/03/2016 - 24/04/2016
LA VIDA QUE SE TEJE Tejidos de América Latina por la memoria y la vida, 11/05/2016 - 10/07/2016
Arpilleras Speak Truth, 25/09/2017 - 28/10/2017
Latin American Myth Deconstruction, 15/06/2018 - 18/06/2018
Neo Norte, 9/08/2018 - 2/09/2018
Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey, 9/01/2020 - 31/07/2020
#DerechosdelNiño / #DretsdelsInfants / #ChildrensRights, 10/11/2020 - 29/01/2021
#ChildrensRights / #DerechosdelNiño / #DretsdelsInfants , 15/03/2021 - 6/06/2021

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