Friday, 30 September 2022

Textile Details

'Volcán Osorno / Osorno Volcano', by Taller Fundación Solidaridad. (Photo: Colin Peck)
'Volcán Osorno / Osorno Volcano', by Taller Fundación Solidaridad. (Photo: Colin Peck)


Title of Textile:Volcán Osorno / Osorno Volcano
Maker: Anonymous, Fundación Solidaridad Workshop
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 2007
Size (cm): 23cm (w) x 55cm (l)
Materials: Scraps of material sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This arpillera returns to the classical pre-political tradition and depicts daily life under the Osorno Volcano in the Los Lagos region of Chile. As with the earlier pre-political arpilleras of the late 1960s, rural life is represented as simple and idyllic. Under a bright sun, farmers are tilling their crops and neighbours are chatting. A letter concealed in a pocket on the reverse side of the arpillera, reinforces this rural idyll: “See how beautiful our volcanoes are! I invite you to visit them” This contrasts starkly with the political messages of the arpilleras that followed this work and tempts one to ascribe political meaning here, where none exists.

Overall, this arpillera represents a move towards commercialism in the arpillera style. In returning to the pre-political tradition, it connects past, present and future and illustrates the power and scope of arpilleras to reflect daily life, political or otherwise.

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

Textile exhibited at: Chilean Arpilleras , 11/09/2008 - 11/10/2008
Textiles with a Story, 4/12/2009 - 4/12/2009
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
Chilean Arpilleras of Yesterday and Today: Textile Ambassadors, 16/09/2010 - 16/09/2010
Arpilleras and the Poetry of Survival, 10/05/2011 - 9/06/2011
Arpillera Journeys, 6/03/2015 - 12/06/2015

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