Sunday, 19 September 2021
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    'Escuelita de Otavalo / Otavalo Primary School', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)
    'Escuelita de Otavalo / Otavalo Primary School', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)


    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. Provenance Vivienne Barry, Chile
    Location: Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc (Badalona)
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Colin Peck

    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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