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    'La gente necesita trabajar/ People need work', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)
    'La gente necesita trabajar/ People need work', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)


    Title of Textile:La Gente Necesita Trabajar / People Need Work
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1975c
    Size (cm): 18cm x 23cm
    Materials: scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    In this piece the shortage of work, a burning issue of daily life is portrayed: The men and women depicted appear to be discussing their worries about unemployment, perhaps having come to the municipality building to seek work and seen the "no vacancies" sign hung on its door. In keeping with the arpillera tradition, the sun still shines from behind the mountains, reflecting, perhaps, that there is still hope.

    This arpillera made in Chile circa 1975 has had an adventurous history. It was brought to Ireland by a Spanish priest who had received it from a priest in Chile. In Ireland, the priest bestowed it to his sister, an activist with Chilean women's solidarity groups, who went on to acquire more arpilleras in the late 1970s.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Rosario Miralles
    Location: Lidwien vos de Wael, Lelystad, The Netherlands.
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Colin Peck

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