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    'La armonía entre la vida y el medio ambiente nos hace felices / Harmony between life and environment makes us happy', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)
    'La armonía entre la vida y el medio ambiente nos hace felices / Harmony between life and environment makes us happy', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)

     

    Title of Textile:Armonía entre la vida y el medio ambiente / Harmony between life and Environment
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1982c
    Size (cm): 79cm (w) x 119cm (h)
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    This vibrantly colorful piece was made in one of the Isla Negra workshops in Chile. In the classical style it depicts the Chilean mountains and a bright sun in the background shining down on the events below.

    Bought in a craft shop in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000, it is a beautiful example of the pre-political traditional arpillera style. Unlike the political arpilleras, which grew from this folk tradition, this piece seems to depict a less anxious, and less complicated time.

    The lively scenes reflect the multiple layers of daily life, from the birds in the sky, the animals herded in the hills, the bustling streets and houses, the playground, and the fields of crops being tended; all of these layers are then also shown to be interconnected, sharing the one space.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Colin Peck





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