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La sposa di Entella

Doilies Linen and Cotton (Renaissance Lace)
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Description by the artist

Here it is La sposa di Entella (The bride from Entella). Pure linen with cotton renaissance lace. Entirely handmade. The design on the paper comes from my imagination. All seams are done by hand, without the use of a sewing machine. Mine is an ancient technique and a passion since I was a child, a passion handed down by my grandmother, my mother and then me.

Details and dimensions

Dimensions (cm): Height 43, Width 27
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Renaissance lace is an extremely delicate work where you need need needle, thread, fabric, paper, tissue, but also a lot of patience and skill. It was extremely popular during the ‘500, during the Renaissance from which it takes its name. Here in Sicily our women, sitting outside the door of the house, all together, embroidered and chatted. They still do, preparing these precious trousseaus with beautiful ornamental designs.

Entella is a hill that is located in the western part of Sicily and that once was the seat of a Greek city and whose ruins can still be seen, among sheep, cows and a wonderful landscape enhanced by the underlying artificial lake Garcia.

Photo: Sicilians emigrated in Australia, 1800

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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