Friday, 2 December 2022

Textile Details

'Lavandería Santa María / Santa María laundrette', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)
'Lavandería Santa María / Santa María laundrette', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)


Title of Textile:Lavandería Santa María / Santa María Launderette
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1978c
Size (cm): 50cm (w) x 43cm (l)
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

While demonstrating the physically hard life of the women laundry workers, this arpillera, created in the early years of the Pinochet dictatorship and acquired in 1983, also reflects on the continuity of life in the midst of chaos. Here in the routine of their daily work of scrubing, washing and beating the dust from the clothes brought to the laundry, there is a kind of normality and peace, absent and unattainable in the bigger picture.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Lala & Austin Winkley, England
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: original
Photographer: Colin Peck

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