Arpilleras

Patchwork Art

Beautiful applications of various figures already drawn are reflected on fabrics in creative ways that represent both testimonial and folkloric themes. Representations of happy characters, amazing animals and beautiful plants sewn into the fabric matrix will provide a striking three-dimensional effect to the whole.

These beautiful pieces of art have an attachment on the back, which consists of two small bars of wood and a metal hanger allowing you to hang these decorations in a decorative manner, once you have them in your hands.

It is a delicate ornament made by female craft workers primarily located in the suburbs of Lima. They found Patchwork Art as a way to express themselves artistically. The Patchwork Art was brought from Chile in the 70's, but its practice is currently widespread in Peru and has had a major impact on the development of areas such as Cusco, where they have built various decorative figures, such as dolls and textiles Incas.

This amazing art is created by KUYANACUY group, association of 40 artisan women, living in Pamplona Alta, a very poor neighborhood in Lima. Kuyanacuy is a quechuan word meaning, "let us love each other". All the members migrated in the 1980s from the affected areas of the Shining path's violence, especially from the rural areas of Ayacucho.

The making-up of Patchwork Art (arpilleras) is the only source of income for these families, selling these arpilleras also provides them with self confidence which is very important for these poor families.