Description by the artist
Zammara (Prickly pear in the dialect of the hinterland of Catania) is the name I wanted to give to my work. The prickly pear plant, symbol of Sicily, has been cultivated by my family for over a century. Its fruit is as sweet as the Sicilian soul, and as colorful as the sky of this land. The branch on which it grows has many thorns, like the contradictions of this island. Jewel bracelet made with the fiber of the Prickly Pear plant, adjustable to the wrist. Chroming color bright gold and antique gold, carving and rounding made by hand. All my creations are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity that attests to the uniqueness and the craftsmanship completely handmade.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
Prickly pears are one of the great symbols of Sicily. They grow everywhere: on the sides of cliffs, in gardens, on the roofs of abandoned houses, on the sides of roads … Its fruit (ripe by the end of August) is delicious and much loved by Sicilians who also make rosoli and mostarda, a sweet typically prepared in jars, with the addition of carnations, cinnamon and almonds. Gelo is also very appreciated, a sort of gelatinous cream. Prickly pears were imported by Arabs during their domination (IX-XI century).
(photo) Prizzi, hinterland of Sicily, roofs, 1928 photo