THE ARPILLERISTAS OF NORTHERN IRELAND: PIECING TOGETHER A TROUBLED PAST FROM THE THREADS OF A COLLECTIVE MEMORY?

ABSTRACT

How past events are interpreted can become problematic if those events are marked by trauma and loss. Many other factors, such as class, ethno-religious identity and gender, also have a part to play. In a post-conflict society such as Northern Ireland, the process of memorializing the ‘Troubles’ has proved contentious, due in part, to on-going community divisions in the region. Most events concerned with commemorating the conflict often focus on the contributions of men whilst the experiences and roles of women during the ‘Troubles’ are significantly overlooked. However, some Northern Irish women have embraced alternative methods of processing the trauma of the past and one of these methods – quilt-making – bears many similarities to the Chilean textile art of Arpilleras. This article examines the extent to which the use of such a method has enabled women to process their ‘Troubled Past’ in a post-conflict Northern Ireland.

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