Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Textile Details

'Hogar dulce hogar / Home sweet home', by TL, Mujeres Creativas Workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Hogar dulce hogar / Home sweet home', by TL, Mujeres Creativas Workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Hogar Dulce Hogar / Home Sweet Home
Maker: TL, Mujeres Creativas Workshop
Country of Origin: Peru
Year Produced: 2008
Size (cm): 60cm (w) x 40cm (l)
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This Peruvian arpillera is a contemporary replica of one made in 1985 in the workshops of the Mujeres Creativas group, made up of women displaced from the Andes during the Peruvian conflict, who came to live in the poor neighbourhoods of Lima.

During the 1980s and 1990s, as a result of armed conflict between the government, self defence groups and insurgent forces of the Shining Path and the Tupac Amaru Resistance Movement, over 600,000 people were displaced within Peru.

Reflecting issues of concerns for women throughout Peru, this piece is an imaginative slant on the traditional style of the Chilean arpillera, which inspired the Peruvian arpilleristas.

The tongue-in-cheek title of this arpillera highlights and questions the woman's daily grind as being anything but sweet as she toils through the shopping, cleaning and cooking, and worries whether there will ever be enough money. At the centre of the piece, she is seen serving her husband, as is her duty as a Peruvian wife. While representing important issues for women in Peru and worldwide, it is done with humour and irony. In essence, the women depicted in this arpillera resiliently bear the burden of Peruvian economic policies in the 1980s - policies which negatively impacted their daily lives.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Replica of 1985 original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: 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
The Politics of the Mundane in Chilean and Other Arpilleras, 27/08/2010 - 29/08/2010
Chilean Arpilleras of Yesterday and Today: Textile Ambassadors, 16/09/2010 - 16/09/2010
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
Arpilleras y cotidianeidad femenina, 5/10/2013 - 7/11/2013
Women 31 , 7/03/2014 - 15/04/2014
Poesie des Nähens / The Poetry of Stitching, 17/01/2020 - 8/03/2020

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