Sofía Guridi

Talking Arpilleras

Talking Arpilleras is a project that explores how the integration of new technologies can add value to a traditional textile technique, by adding new layers of information that enhance its main communicative effect.

The Arpillera is a textile technique developed by using potato sacs as the base fabric. It was born as a way of political expression created by women to confront the violence and fear that resulted from Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship in Chile (1973 to 1990). Today, is still use to communicate issues related to Chilean and Latin culture, like violence against women and minorities’ rights.

The creation of an interactive textile piece was made in collaboration with chilean artisans from Melipilla, adding electronic components like conductive thread, conductive fabric, soft sensors and microcontrollers.

Final Project Fabricademy 2017-2018 | #e-textiles #wearable #interactive #crafts