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    'Mujer Paloma / Dove Woman', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Mujer Paloma / Dove Woman', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:Mujer Paloma / Dove Woman
    Maker: Olinda Gutiérrez, Mujeres Creativas, Lima
    Country of Origin: Peru
    Year Produced: 1985
    Size (cm): 65cm (l) x 55cm (w)
    Materials: embroidery thread on burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    Alicia Villanueva, coordinator of Movimiento Manuela Ramos in Peru gave this arpillera as a gift to curator Roberta Bacic, whom she had met through the arpillera world. Alicia was gifted this piece from Olinda Gutiérrez, a volunteer in the organisation, who created it to represent the dire situation of women in Peru in the 1980s.

    The arpillerista felt very oppressed. The facial expression, the tears and the barbed wire enclosure all convey a sense of brokenness and lack of freedom. She wanted to fly like a bird, as represented by the dove. By giving it to Alicia, she enabled it - an extension of herself - to fly to places she would never physically travel to.

    Since it was first exhibited in “Cultural Stories in Textiles”, in Northern Ireland, 2010, it has flown to many places. This latest “flight” to London and Chile represents the wishes of the maker Olinda, articulated with embroidery thread on burlap, more than 30 years ago.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection. Donated by Alicia Villanueva, coordinator of Movimiento Manuela Ramos, Peru
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: Cultural Stories in Textiles, 25/02/2010 - 27/02/2010
    The Politics of the Mundane in Chilean and Other Arpilleras, 27/08/2010 - 29/08/2010
    Arpilleras and the Poetry of Survival, 10/05/2011 - 9/06/2011
    Latin American Myth Deconstruction, 15/06/2018 - 18/06/2018
    Neo Norte, 9/08/2018 - 2/09/2018

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