Bélgica Castro Fuentes started embroidering arpilleras in Santiago, Chile in 1978 and was part of the Arpillera Workshop of the Association of Families of the Detained and Disappeared.Her husband disappeared after being detained by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet on October 6, 1973. Castro Fuentes was exiled to Sweden in1986. She has developed an extensive body of work as an arts educator and arpillerista (arpillera-maker) in both Växjö and Malmö, where she has lived since 2005.

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