Description by the artist
CoffaVenice. Made in 2021 totally hand sewn. Basket in woven dwarf palm leaf and front covered in hand painted genuine leather. Framed with twisted passementerie in golden lurex. Back coating in gold mettalic lycra. Internal lining plus matching polyester clutch. Laces closure. Short handle covered with lycra. It is possible to request the shoulder strap in flat rope in the same color. Being a handcrafted product the measurements are approximate and may vary.
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The coffa siciliana is a basket made with the weaving of the curina, the heart of the dwarf palm. The coffa bags were used to put the fodder or bran to give to the horse or donkey, in this case it was tied by the handles to the head of the animal.The coffa was also used by farmers for sowing, while the larger one called zimmili was used to carry the harvest of the day, or the wood to bring home, or even to put inside a small child and keep him warm . This object brings us back to the middle of 1300 when the Aragonese ruled Sicily. A certain Guglielmo Buccheri, a hermit then beatified, was called cuffitedda because he used to carry the coffa over his shoulder. Today, the coffa has become a fashion accessory for women: you can find a folkloristic bag decorated with chimes and mirrors that recalls the harnesses of the horses of Sicilian carts, or embellished with embroidery and lace, it becomes an evening bag.
(photo) Sicilian woman with two panary beside, early 1900