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Nivuru e russu

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Description by the artist

Black and red (Nivuru e russu in Sicilian) prevail in this handbag made with crocheted tiles like the blankets of Sicilian grandmothers. Nìvuro di sìccia e “russu comu un ciuri russu comu lu sangu sparsu” (Sicilian for Cuttlefish ink and red like a red flower or like blood– shed red, Rosa Balistreri). Crocheted wool bag, faux leather handle and base, pinstripe fabric lining, inside pocket. Unique as all the bags I made with love and care.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Wool
Dimensions (cm): Height 33, Width 29, Depth 10
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

Black and red are two of the typical colors of ancient Sicilian embroidery. Black like the lava of the Etna volcano and red like the sun and the oranges of Sicily.

Photo A Sicilian in her garden, early 1900

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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