Description by the artist
Golden aluminium chain with pendant “coffa siciliana” hand woven in extruded bamboo using the ancient Sicilian technique. The coffa is finished with black and turquoise passementerie, embellished with yellow and turquoise crystals and central Zama interlude with floral design. The final part presents a small pendant enriched with chains, yellow crystals, turquoise crystals and yellow chillies.
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
This piece presents the coffa siciliana a basket made with the weaving of the curina, the heart of the dwarf palm. The coffa bags were used to put the fodder or bran to give to the horse or donkey, in this case it was tied by the handles to the head of the animal.The coffa was also used by farmers for sowing, while the larger one called zimmili was used to carry the harvest of the day, or the wood to bring home, or even to put inside a small child and keep him warm . Today, the coffa has become a fashion accessory for women: you can find a folkloristic bag decorated with chimes and mirrors that recalls the harnesses of the horses of Sicilian carts, or embellished with embroidery and lace, it becomes an evening bag.
(photo) Old Sicilian women making “coffe” all together