As part of the 'Sewing Resistance: Teaching through Chilean Textile Art' exhibition in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, Professor Patience Schell has recorded a workshop on 'How to create arpillera dolls'. The exhibition has been extended to the end of 2020, and we hope you will be able to visit when the Library reopens.
What are arpilleras?
Arpilleras are a Chilean textile art form which were used during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) to chronicle everyday lives and bear witness to the political situation.
Traditionally made by women from scraps of fabric and materials to hand, arpilleras offered an income in difficult economic circumstances and a voice with which to tell their stories of resistance, in a context of death squads, disappearances and prison camps.