Arpilleras from Chile I

by Anabel on 04/06/2007

in Historic Craft

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It was a surprise to see this arpillera on anthropologie.

What is a arpillera? Art quilt, a hand-sewn three dimensional textile picture . Arpilleras originated in Chile , where women political prisoners who were held during the Pinochet regime used them to camouflage notes sent to helpers outside. For guards this art wasn´t important, it was a simple “women´s work”.

Now, the topics are others, although for some groups is a claim of the missing person´s right in military dictatorship of Chile .

Fue una sorpresa ver esta arpillera en la web de Anthropologie, ya que es un arte con una historia muy trágica a sus espaldas. Su origen está en Chile, donde las prisioneras de la dictadura de Pinochet lo usaban para comunicarse y encriptar mensajes. Para los guardianes eran simplemente “cosas de mujeres”, de manera que nunca levantó sospechas.

Estos cuadros se realizan con tela, cosiendo a mano una historia, una cultura, una vida… Los temas son múltiple, aunque para algunos grupos sigue siendo una forma de reivindicar los derechos de los desaparecidos durante la dictadura chilena.

Contunuará…

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1 Lizette June 4, 2007 at 10:38 pm

This is beautiful. My aunt (I’m from Chile) used to have one of a wedding outdoors in the countryside. It was beautiful. Arpilleras have always been a source of inspiration for me. I love to embroider and to applique stories. Thanks for sharing your find.

2 missliz June 5, 2007 at 1:59 am

These are so beautiful when seen in person. The design and intricate stitchwork is truly amazing. If you have a Dia de los Muertos celebration in your area (in October), you might be able to find one hand made locally. That’s where I found mine in the LA area. Thank you for sharing this. Hopefully Anthropolgie will turn others on to these beautiful and important pieces.

3 corina June 5, 2007 at 6:59 am

I am now in Colombia, I visited an artisan’s shop and I did not know the name of this kind of work. Thank you!

4 edgegallery June 5, 2007 at 9:51 am

I remember seeing some arpillera’s when I was at my hospital’s obgyn in California. I was amazed at the detail depicted in miniature dolls, structures and the whole “storyline” of the quilt. Now, I understand where this method comes from…fascinating and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

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