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    '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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