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Nedda a Puggiurialisi

Shawls Cashmere
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Description by the artist

“Nedda a Piuggiurialisi, chianta la fava e s’abbessa lu scialle ca ci scivula di li spaddi” (Sicilian for Nedda from Poggioreale plants the beans and adjusts the shawl that slips from her shoulders).
Knitted with cashmere yarns.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Cashmere
Dimensions (cm): Height 210, Width 280
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.

Poggioreale is a village located in the Belice Valley, western Sicily.  It was, like many other villages, completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1968 and rebuilt a little further downstream, with low houses and futuristic works (for those times). You can still see and visit, a little  higher the rebuilt village, the ruins of Poggioreale destroyed by the earthquake: a real ghost town, fascinating in its drama. Curiously, still a little higher, the third step of this historic staircase, there are the few ruins of Poggioreale of 3000 years ago (on Mount Castellazzo).

(photo) Poggioreale before the 1968 earthquake who destroyed the town

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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