The exhibition of patchwork “arpilleras” and the  Arpillera  Workshop (Free)*, facilitated by Maria Alicia Salinas Farfan, will take place on Wednesday 5th September from 1.00-3.30pm at The Millennium Gallery (Please, register for the workshop) The arpilleras will be on display throughout the day.

Arpilleras are a traditional form of textile art using “burlap” (disused flour sacks made from cheap cotton) and embroidery techniques to tell a story. Arpilleras were made throughout the dictatorship to record events during the height of the repression. They were smuggled out of Chile and sold to support the families of the disappeared prisoners or those who were detained.

This exhibition of arpilleras describes the history of some of the torture centres and concentration camps as told by those who survived. Most have been made by former political prisoner and survivor, Maria Alicia Salinas Farfán; and some have been made under her supervision in her workshops held in Valparaiso and San Antonio, Chile.

In the Arpillera workshop, you can learn more in depth about how to make an arpillera and your work will become part of a larger piece that is travelling across Europe. Each workshop will last for last approximately 3 hours. Some embroidery experience is desired but not essential to take part and all materials will be provided. We welcome all participants but there are only 12 places so it is important to register to secure your place.

The workshop itself will take place on Wednesday 05th September from 1.00PM at The Millennium Gallery. The patchwork arpilleras will be on display throughout the day. If you are interested in participating in the Workshop, please register via this page or by using our email address: [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from You!

*Both, the workshop and the Arpilleras display are part of the ‘Chile40YearOn: images of the military coup, dictatorship and exile’, organised by the Chilean Community in Sheffield. 

Days and times: Tuesday 9th to 11th September from 10.30 to 15.30, Sunday 11.30 to 15.30.

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