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K-12 Outreach: Lesson Plans

Stitching Resistance: Chilean Arpilleras

Stitching ResistanceThese resources focus on the history and sociopolitical context of the Chilean dictator, Pinochet, and the related art form known as arpilleras. Arpilleras, a type of textile, became the most visual (and visible), poignant, and widespread manifestation of opposition to authoritarianism, violation of human rights and the disappearance of loved ones associated with the military government that ruled Chile until 1990. These materials were developed in conjunction with a series of workshops held in Spring and Fall 2013: "Bringing an Art Form to Life in the Classroom," "Chilean Arpilleras in the Classroom," and "The History of Chilean Arpilleras." All workshops were held in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) and were based on the NHCC's exhibition of arpilleras entitled "Stitching Resistance."


The complete guide is available for downloading or previewing. We have also separated the individual resources for quick reference.

Complementary Resources


"These teaching resources helped me to ensure that my class was prepared to get the most out of the exhibit by putting the arpilleras and arpilleristas in historical context. We were able to use the pdf versions of some of the arpilleras to analyze in class, so that [the students] went into the exhibit knowing how to look at arpilleras and comprehend their significance. I look forward to attending more professional development workshops through the LAII to help me incorporate current, meaningful and creative units into my classes." -Kaycie Robinson, 6th & 7th Grade Gifted Language Arts Teacher, Hoover Middle School.

Workshop Photos

When possible, we acknowledge the participants of our professional development workshops by documenting and sharing photos afterwards. Below is a slide show of selected images from our workshops related to Chilean arpilleras.

Image Citations

The Arpillera photographs above were reprinted from an exhibit, "Chilean Arpilleras," of the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) website. The arpilleras were photographed by Colin Peck, and are respectively titled: "La Cueca Sola / They Dance Alone," Marjorie Agosín; "Exilio II / Exile II (Women Mourning Those Who Have Been Exiled)," Marjorie Agosín; :Dónde están? / Where Are They?", Marjorie Agosín; "Recuerdos de Guadalupe / Guadalupe's Longings," Roberta Bacic; "Centro Abierto / Women at a Soup Kitchen," Marjorie Agosín;.