Chilean Arpilleras: A chapter of history written on cloth

Thank you. I write a blog about storytelling and stumbled across the Children of Silence and the Arperilla Movement in Chile. Your blog post says so much more than I can. Kind Regards, Meg

Cachando Chile: Reflections on Chilean Culture

Arpillera de adorno by Violeta Morales 1992

Arpilleras—colorfully enchanting patchwork images depicting daily life—you’ve probably seen them in crafts fairs in Chile and even in Peru. Maybe you’ve even bought some. They’re bright and cheerful, perfect little gifts and ideal for children’s rooms—but they didn’t start out that way. These colorful appliques–arpilleras de adorno (decorative arpilleras)–were born of a much darker past.

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