Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another Look at Those Arpilleras from Ecuador

People--not just Ana--have been interested in this unusual textile art form from Ecuador. In the previous post on the subject, it may not have been clear just how three-dimensional they are. They are, in effect, miniature sculptures in textiles (with a few other inclusions). Here are front and side views of two arpilleras: a farmacia (pharmacy) and an orange harvest. You can see that each figure is a separate creation, actually a miniature fabric doll, added to many others to create a view of the artist's society and culture. (Click to enlarge. Enlarging the side views gives an especially good view of the handiwork involved.)

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