ArpillerasÂ areÂ intricatelyÂ detailedÂ handÂ sewnÂ textile pictures.Â Â EachÂ pieceÂ illustratesÂ someÂ aspectÂ ofÂ dailyÂ life for the womenÂ ofÂ theÂ Andes.Â Â TheÂ arpillera,Â Â inÂ anÂ array ofÂ colors ,Â tellsÂ theÂ storyÂ ofÂ theÂ countryÂ marketsÂ where localsÂ comeÂ toÂ buyÂ vegetables,Â clothingÂ andÂ woolÂ for weaving.
After watching a PowerPoint presentation showing pictures of the arpillera, we used construction paper to imitate the textile pictures.Â We talked about how important it is to cut and paste the pieces that are the furthestÂ away first and then work our way forward.Â Also, to keep the picture in perspective, that we make a note of how much space the different objects take on the picture.Â For instance, the mountains are â€œhow close to the top of the pictureâ€ and â€œextend â€œhow far down on the picture.â€Â Notice that the closer the objects are on the picture, the larger they appear.Â Make sure you have enough space for the closer objects.
To do this project, each student was given a copy of an arpillera textile picture to use as a guide.Â This project takes two class periods to complete.
- Peruvian Arpilleras (PowerPoint)
- Arpillera textile art (Pictures)
- Colored construction paper for background
- Colored scrap pieces
- Glue stick
- View the Arpillera PowerPoint presentation.
- Each student is given a copy of an arpillera textile picture.
- Choose a background according to the color in the picture.
- Working from the objects furthest from away, cut and paste the pieces on the background.
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