A ciaramedda di Turiddu

Typical musical instruments Bone Leather Wood
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Description by the artist

The Don Turiddu ciaramedda. Typical Sicilian Ciaramedda (Sicilian for bagpipe) in 480 mm paro (that is the two pipes, accompaniment and singing, are of equal length). Tonality in G. Olive wood (musical apparatus), block in red mulberry (where the pipes are inserted). Goatskin quill. Calf bone awl.

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Materials: Bone Leather Wood
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The ciaramedda (Sicilian for bagpipe) is one of the traditional instruments of Sicily. At Christmas time the ciarameddari, with the typical costume, play in the streets of Sicily with the unmistakable melody of this instrument. It has remote origins, since the Greek times. It is generally protected from the evil eye with various amulets, such as ribbons, red bows and horns. Its repertoire consists of tarantellas, pastorals and accompaniment to the singing.

 (photo) Ciaramiddaro, early 1900

The Governance also suggests

The objective of the Governance is both to safeguard the traditions and ancient crafts of the people of Sicily, and to sustain economically the Artisans and the Artists, both the real ethno-anthropologists of the country.
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