Hope as a Form of Rebellion

Before SR-NYC coordinator Amelia left New York we had a lot of talks about this blog being a place where we collected and documented sewing-oriented rebelliousness of all sorts. Which is why, when I last visited the fam in Peru, I made sure to take pictures of a really radical project called La Chalina de la Esperanza, organized by the Colectivo Desvela. La Chalina is an enormous train of knit squares, each square created by a single person or family in memory of a loved one who was disappeared during Peru’s 20-year long internal conflict. Most of the squares were created by families in Ayacucho, a region of Peru where the highest numbers of killings and disappearances occurred. Each square features some information about the missing person, such as a picture, name, date, or message. The project grew so large that in its current incarnation it wraps an entire building, then continues inside, doubling back and forth to fill the space, and pooling on the floor when there simply is no space left to fill. If you can understand Spanish, check out the embedded videos or this article for more information. If anyone finds English resources or info about the Chalina, please send them my way.

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2 Responses to “Hope as a Form of Rebellion”

  1. Lyndsey Says:

    thanks for posting about this. what a stellar example of how designing a project that is concrete and accessible individually can lead to a huge outpouring of work and meaning!

  2. sewingrebellionnyc Says:

    Update: the BBC wrote an article about the Chalina in 2010 and I just now found it. I need to work on my detective skills…
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11126057

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