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I mori

Scarves Silk


Description by the artist

Mysterious profiles in black but enriched by a whirlwind of colors between Sicilian friezes and baroque fabric textures. This is the Mori (the Moors).

Details and dimensions

Materials: Silk
Dimensions (cm): Height 160, Width 70
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Moor’s heads bring us back to the Arab domination in Sicily (IX-XI century). The Muslim period lasted almost two centuries but it is the one that has left the biggest imprint, probably, in the rich history of Sicily. Not so much in the monuments (very few) but in the daily life, in the etymology of many words, in the dialect, in the uses and customs.Moors are typical figures which come into play very often in Sicilian culture as for example in the Opera the Puppets or in the legend of the Moor’s heads In a certain sense, Arabs have never left Sicily.

(photo) The Arab conquest of Syracuse (in 878), manuscript

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