this was remembered by the XII edition of “Sestos” in Ittiri

Sardinian clothing is closely linked to traditions and culture: this was emphasized by the XII edition of Sestos, which was held in Ittiri.

“Tradition does not consist in worshiping the ashes, but in keeping the flame alive,” recalled Ambra Pintore, artist and author of TV show “Bistimenta” during the evening “Sestos”, the event dedicated to Sardinian clothing. A flame itIttiri Cannedu association it has remained alive for 12 years thanks to the collaboration with the Municipality.

An attentive and competent audience participated in the evening in the Center for Art – Municipal Theater in via XXV Luglio, in Ittiri.

Gian Mario Demartis, in the role of speaker, as well as cultural coordinator of the conference, illustrated an aspect of traditional clothing that has so far been neglected by both scholars and enthusiasts: the relationship between people’s habit, wisdom and poetry also expressed in proverbs, ways of saying and popular songs. Several examples of Sardinian have been reported, highlighting how illiterate poems from the 18th and 19th centuries can provide unpublished and interesting data to “understand the custom” and the environment in which it was inserted. Among all, the quote of a passage by the Iterian poet Giommaria Seche, attributable to the late 1700s, aroused a quarrel between members of the class “dressed in orbace” and the knights of the city.

Oscar SannaChairman ofSant’Andrea di Gonnesa Association and collector of antique clothing, presented the results of research on traditional clothing in the country and the sub-regions of Iglesiente and Sulcis: attention was focused on men’s clothing in these places, called “de su Meurreddu”, showing both beautiful typical specimens, worn by locals men, and a rich and interesting repertoire of prints, watercolors, period photographs and documents, some dating back to the 18th century.

Then Cossoine, Giovanni Manca and Maria Luisa Chicconi, operators of Cultural Heritage, leaders of the Santa Chiara Folklore Group in the country, focused on a little known aspect of logudoretic women’s clothing. The report accounted, garment for garment, for the two main types of “Costume of Gossip Cossoinese”, the oldest, typical of wealthy women, recognizable on the scarlet fabric skirt, and the one with newer characters, with a black skirt. A series of beautiful images of polychrome embroidery made with silk threads and golden and silver glitter, compared to period photographs, made a complex subject more understandable.

Finally, Ambra Pintore recounted her experience in the show “Bistimenta” on Video line. The value of culture on television was highlighted by a short film that showed beautiful details of popular clothing from various communities on the island. The discourse has been expanded by posing some problems about the narrow-mindedness that prevails in some folkloric circles in Sardinia, and about the “jealousies” that represent a brake on the transmission of traditional knowledge between generations.

The musical part entrusted to the accordion by Peppino Bande and the laneddas by Roberto Tangianu is interesting and intriguing.
Strongly moved Nanni Rocca from Ittiri, who received the “Manos de Oro” award and dedicated it to her mother. This is the rationale for the award: “Descendant of six generations of goldsmiths active in Gavoi, Maestro Rocca has continued his work for decades with outstanding results for executive perfection, aesthetic value and historical fidelity. Some of his works have been preserved in museums and important collections, have been exported to numerous places around the world and donated to personalities from politics and culture, extending the knowledge and appreciation of our traditions even beyond regional boundaries.

“Sestos” is included in the program of Salude and Trigu, the events in northern Sardinia under the auspices of the Sassari Chamber of Commerce and patronage of the University of Sassari, the regional departments of tourism and cultural heritage and entertainment, as well as the founding of Sardinia.

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