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The artifacts

The artifacts

If the abundance of the raw material, wool, could justify the quantity of fabrics produced in such abundance that they were the object of trade since Roman times, it is not sufficient to account, on the other hand, for the great quality, variety and pervasiveness of traditional textile production, as clearly manifested at least since the Middle Ages.

The reasons for so much variety and richness are to be found in that same “humus” that gives rise to the extraordinary variety of clothes such as breads and weaves. In all these activities, typical of women's work, an aesthetic taste is modulated, a same “ethnic rhythm” that is captured in equal measure in textures and dance as in song and carving.

The recognizability and character of island textile production and finally its very value are due to this ethnic imprint, which interprets in a completely personal way traditions, motifs, techniques and materials that are, for the rest, common to the entire Mediterranean area.

Traditional ancient artifacts show an exclusive identity and character of the production group from which they come. The case of some modern Sardinian fabrics is different, reduced to simple furnishing accessories, with debased and domesticated colors and decorative modules lost in ignorance of tradition and therefore easy prey to non-island imitations. Perhaps it will be worth reconsidering the choices and production guidelines of a part of the current textile production, which is really too standardized and trivialized and perhaps for this reason so vulnerable, imitable and uncompetitive

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6/9/2023 - 01:09

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