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Picciuttedda N’Zinedda

Shawls Mohair yarns
Single artwork


Description by the artist

“Cchi scialle sfiziusu, picciuttedda n’Zinedda!” (Sicilian for What a peculiar shawl, young n’Zinedda!) knitted with mohair yarns. Here presented in a beautiful brown shade.


Details and dimensions

Materials: Mohair yarns
Dimensions (cm): Height 140, Width 205
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.

(photo) Sicilian women making coffa sat outside a house, in a small village in the inland of Sicily, 1950

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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