Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love; The Arpillera Movement in Chile, 1974-1994

Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love; The Arpillera Movement in Chile, 1974-1994

by Marjorie Agosin, Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman, Isabel Allende
     
 
This book tells the story of ordinary women living in terror and extreme poverty under General Pinochet's oppressive rule in Chile (1973-89) and how their lives did and did not change following his reign. These women defied the military dictatorship by embroidering their sorrow on scraps of cloth and using their needles and thread as one of the boldest means of

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This book tells the story of ordinary women living in terror and extreme poverty under General Pinochet's oppressive rule in Chile (1973-89) and how their lives did and did not change following his reign. These women defied the military dictatorship by embroidering their sorrow on scraps of cloth and using their needles and thread as one of the boldest means of popular protest and resistance in Latin America.

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As Isabelle Allende points out in her foreword to this history of the arpillera movement in Chile, women are natural weavers of stories and the tapestries produced by Chilean women during Pinochet's regime testify to the fact that even if a woman's voice is taken away, she still has her fingers to tell the truth. Robbed of family, friends, and a normal life by Pinochet's regime their stories inspire with courage and faith, the evidence of both displayed in the tapestries they created as their only means of protest and resistance. Lucky for us, Agosin (Spanish, Wellesley College) has collected these interviews and also beautiful photographs of the work, providing us with an extraordinary vision of bravery. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826316929
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.43(d)

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