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Arts and Culture

Chile

 

Dancers participating in the International Folklore Festival at Plaza de Armas, Santiago, capital of Chile

CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

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Chile, located in the southern part of South America, is filled with indigenous culture and is known primarily for the famous Moai stone figures at Easter Island. Their heritage is expressed through their many art forms inspired by the classical European style such as in their churches and cathedrals. They have many religious festivals which involve colorful clothes, dancers and locations. Color can be found in every aspect of Chilean life and is meant to fill their lives with happiness, passion and light.

Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.

-Pablo Neruda

ARTS & HANDICRAFTS

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Many Chilean crafts are inspired by local Indian arts giving them the ideas of lapis lazuli jewelry, colorful textiles from cotton and wool and skillfully woven items. Crin, or horsehair, is popularly used in Chile for weaving intricate handicrafts that range from simple ornaments to complex doll figures. Because the hair is often dyed, white hair is more valuable to the artist. Arpilleras are also a common craft and are decorative wall pieces made of sackcloth or other materials by artists to tell stories.

Picture 1: A mural with a twist on Van Gogh’s classic paintings by Chilean artist Teo Doro; Picture 2: Famous Moai stone figures carved from volcanic tuff at Easter Island, Chile; Picture 3: Woven handicrafts made from traditional Crin or horsehair

 

 

 

 

  

Picture 1: A mural with a twist on Van Gogh’s classic paintings by Chilean artist Teo Doro; Picture 2: Famous Moai stone figures carved from volcanic tuff at Easter Island, Chile; Picture 3: Woven handicrafts made from traditional Crin or horsehair

 

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