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    'En las ramblas de las flores / In the market of the flowers' by Teresa Amaya Amaya. (Photo: Roser Corbera)
    'En las ramblas de las flores / In the market of the flowers' by Teresa Amaya Amaya. (Photo: Roser Corbera)

     

    Title of Textile:En las ramblas de las flores / In the market of the flowers
    Maker: Teresa Amaya Amaya
    Country of Origin: Catalonia / Spain
    Year Produced: 2009
    Size (cm): 47cm x 54cm
    Materials: Scraps of material sewn on to burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera
    Description:

    This arpillera by Teresa Amaya Amaya, Barcelona, Spain, was made for International Women's Day 2009 during a 12 session course at Fundacio Ateneu San Roc,facilitated by María Viñolo and Alba Pérez.

    Teresa, who is 50 years old, shared with the facilitators what motivated her to create this piece: "When I was a child we were five brothers and sisters, from which I am the oldest. In those times they were all young and they were all brought up at home. The only one who has travelled around is me. I have carried the burden of looking after my siblings. When I was about 12, I used to go and look for iron and sell it afterwards at the thrift store. I also helped my mother begging and I have also struggled for food, as there was lots of hunger around in those times. I was just a child when I went down to Barcelona to beg, to the market of the flowers. Foreigners used to come, sailors from a ship and they all gave you some money. I did not sing or give them rosemary, which would have been fooling them. I just stretched my hand, was barefooted, without clothes or anything. Sometimes the police would come, and then took us to the police station. It was me and many other gypsies that they arrested. To be released I paid with the money I had received or, if my mother had some, she paid it."

    Owner: Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Roser Corbera



    Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras that Cry Out, 22/06/2009 - 10/07/2009
    Finding Our Voices -The Power of Arpilleras, 26/09/2009 - 30/10/2009
    Textiles with a Story, 4/12/2009 - 4/12/2009



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