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ERIC Number: EJ776254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Arpilleras: Stories in Cloth
Dalton, Jane
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v107 n2 p50-51 Oct 2007
Art often becomes an effective tool for teaching history, as well as political and social justice issues. During the 1980s, the author had the privilege of visiting Chile where she was introduced to small fabric collages called "arpilleras," which, at the time, were known as "embroideries of life and death." Today, the arpillera is no longer used as a form of political outcry, but is instead made for the tourist industry. The practice has spread to Peru and now arpilleras often show scenes of village life, weddings, and the Day of the Dead. This article describes how an arpillera is made and presents an activity for the students. (Contains 3 resources and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Chile; Peru