Storybook Sweaters La Lana Sweaters
The art form embodied in these sweaters was born from the arpillera political movement. Tapestries, known as arpilleras, came to symbolize the women's protest against the brutal dictatorship of Chile's Augusto Pinochet. The tapestries depicted the pain, loss and other hardships of daily life which were attributed to Pinochet's regime. The arpillera workshops empowered women in many ways, and as a consequence, the political, social and economic consciousness of Chilean women was elevated and advanced.
Chilean Arpilleras: A chapter of history written on cloth
Cachando Chile: Reflections on Chilean Culture.
Today, women still produce wall hangings, quilts, pictures and sweaters in both their homes and workshops. Our storybook sweaters with their whimsical, three-dimensional, appliquéd collages offer folkloric views of life: plantings and harvesting under the sun and rain, familiar farm animals, the homes and villages of the artisans. Each sweater is unique in its theme and design, hence the artisans skill and creativity is a gifted legacy that will stimulate your child"s imagination.
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