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Bianca a Palazzolese

Shawls Cotton
Single artwork


Description by the artist

“Bianca a Palazzolese, cu lu su scialli iancu, si fici na passiata tra li templi e lu teatro di l’antica Akrai” (Sicilian for Bianca from Palazzolo Acreide, with her white shawl, walked between the temples and the theater of the ancient Akrai) It is an exceptionally rectangular shape shawl , in a new, elegant, white shade.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Cotton
Dimensions (cm): Height 50, Width 170
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Sicilian shawl represents a real icon of our popular costume. Simple in its usually triangular shape, the shawl also recalls the divine triad of Catholicism. Its use, in fact, is particularly linked to religious ceremonies, giving off a strong votive nature. But, above all, here in Sicily the shawl was the symbol of amorous seal. A shawl was the gift that the mother-in-law brought on the day of the official engagement, at least until the first half of the last century. A shawl whose material it was made of was at the same time a symbol of economic position. There were woolen shawls, crocheted, and the richer the weave and the thinner the cotton, the more valuable it was.

Palazzolo Acreide is a Sicilian town located in the eastern part of the island, inside the green lung of the Iblei mountains. It has extraordinary cultural evidences, among which the ruins of the ancient greek-roman city of Akrai (with theater) and beautiful Baroque buildings of the seventeenth century.

(photo) Akrai, Jean Houel engraving, XVIII century

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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