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Exquisitely detailed hand-sewn three dimensional applique collage
Arpilleras are intricately detailed hand sewn textile pictures. The original arpilleras were created in Chile as a result of political oppression. Years later, the craft re-emerged in Peru and Ecuador. Today women are working together in co-operatives to make arpilleras depicting landscapes, market scenes, sealife and community ceremonias. They select and combine a variety of vibrant fabrics to create their lively craft. The story behind this remarkable folk art and its ability to empower the women who create it, is a tribute to the importance of art in our daily lives.