Stitched Voices
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Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 10:00 to Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 20:00

Stitched Voices / Lleisiau Wedi Eu Pwytho draws together women’s textile narratives of political conflict and human rights violations across many continents, in varying contexts, past and present.

Through the international Conflict Textiles collection, comprised mainly of arpilleras (three dimensional textiles from Latin America, which originated in Chile), quilts and wall hangings we come face to face with women’s lived experiences of, and courageous response to, conflict, oppression and injustice. We witness their stories of disappearances, forced execution, torture, displacement, forced exile and loss of loved ones, in Chile, Northern Ireland, Spain and Colombia. Through their stitching, we sense denouncement, resistance, resilience, and solidarity; solidarity from within their own groups and from communities and arpilleristas elsewhere, moved to decry such atrocities with needle, thread and fabric.

A collection of Welsh textiles, encompassing peace ribbons, wall hangings and banners bring us images of protest and solidarity relating to issues of local and global significance; nuclear disarmament and drone warfare. A Mexican themed arpillera gives us an insight into the myriad of human rights abuses endured by Mexicans today, whilst embroidered Pañuelos / Handkerchiefs voice resistance against the current culture of violence and impunity in Mexico, where 150,000 people are now dead and at least 26,000 disappeared as a result of the so called “War on drugs.”

Across these varying contexts and decades, whether in South America or Europe, as women reflect, discuss and caress the different textured materials, the burning issues and their impact, brought forth with needle, thread and scraps of fabric remain remarkably similar.


Image: Cacerolazo / Women banging their potsFelicia. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Free Event
Aberystwyth University Penglais Campus
SY23 3DE