Sewing Resistance

As part of the 'Sewing Resistance: Teaching through Chilean Textile Art' exhibition in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, Professor Patience Schell recorded a workshop on 'How to create arpillera dolls'. 

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.

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