Sicily, and a Nostalgia for Lace

April 5, 2010

Like spun sugar.

Snow white.

Sicilian lace, full of grace.

Lace at Sicilian Window, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Lace in Window, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Woman Working on Lace, copyright Jann Huizenga

It’s women’s work, an eye-straining affair.

Sicilian Lace on Door, Siracusa, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Lace on Door, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Twenty years ago Sicily’s shops brimmed with handmade local lace. Now it’s often made in China.

Antique Sicilian Lace Panel, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicily’s art of lacemaking is dying, and isn’t that a shame?


Note for tourists: There’s a fine little museum of Sicilian hand embroidery and lace in Chiaramonte Gulfi in southeastern Sicily (a hilltop village also known for its olive oil museum and pork restaurant, Majore).


5 comments to Sicily, and a Nostalgia for Lace

  • sandee wheeler

    Beautiful pictures! I love the contrast of the wrought iron with the lace in the first couple of pictures!

  • Ciao bella! I am here in Maui, reading your blog about Sicilia and loving life! I really enjoy your photos. Very moving and inspirational! Hope you are enjoying life too, wherever you are! Melissa

  • Anthony J. Zangara

    Mi chiedo se c’e’ ancora.

  • Anthony J. Zangara

    C’era un bello negozio di merletto poco distante dalla piazza davanti alla chiesa di San Giorgio.

  • Beautiful photos of the sicilian lace hanging in windows. I particularly like the last one…the yellow and green showing through the pattern. I do hope that this tradition is not lost.

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