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Lavinia a Ciramisi

Shawls Cotton
Single artwork


Description by the artist

“Tutti l’omini, assittati n’ta piazza, si vutanu a vucca aperta quannnu u scialli niuru ci scoprì na spalla a Lavinia a Ciramisi” (Sicilian for All the men, sitting in the square, turned with an open mouths  when the black shawl showed the shoulder of Lavinia from Cerami). Knitted with mohair yarn. This classic black model is enriched with colored fringe.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Cotton
Dimensions (cm): Height 180, Width 250
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.

Cerami is a small village of the Sicilian hinterland where ancient traditions and a peaceful life still resist. The village, about 1000 meters above sea level, is surrounded by woods and countryside.

(photo) Sicilian women, early XX 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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