By Edvige Giunta, Joseph Sciorra
For Italian immigrants and their descendants, needlework represents a marker of id, a cultural touchstone as strong as pasta and Neapolitan tune. Out of the artifacts in their reminiscence and mind's eye, Italian immigrants and their descendants used embroidering, stitching, knitting, and crocheting to assist outline who they have been and who they've got turn into. This publication is an interdisciplinary number of artistic paintings by means of authors of Italian starting place and educational essays. The inventive works from thirty-seven participants comprise memoir, poetry, and visible arts whereas the gathering as an entire explores a large number of reviews approximately and ways to needlework and immigration from a transnational standpoint, spanning the past due 19th century to the past due 20th century.
At the guts of the ebook, over thirty illustrations characterize Italian immigrant women’s needlework. The textual content finds the numerous methods wherein an easy item, or perhaps the reminiscence of that item, turns into whatever else via literary, visible, functionality, ethnographic, or serious reimagining. whereas basically interested in interpretations of needlework instead of the needlework itself, the editors and participants to Embroidered Stories stay aware of its background and its linked cultural values, which Italian immigrants introduced with them to the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Argentina and handed directly to their descendants.
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Extra info for Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora
Still, the forms of some needlework remain associated with Italian culture. Filomena embroidered a sheet for her granddaughter’s cot, a type of item that she feels is not common outside of Italy. She also juxtaposes the format of the crocheted bedspread, which she sees as being particularly European, with the doona (an Australian term for quilt) and its frills. Some motifs, styles, and stitches of post–World War II Italian-Australian needlework may have been regarded as traditional.
East Side Honors Saint of Healing,” New York Times, July 15, 1935, 19. A significant yet underexplored religious needlework craft is that of religious banners created for immigrant mutual aid and lay religious volunteer associations. See Sacred Emblems, Community Signs: Historic Flags and Religious Banners from Italian Williamsburg, Brooklyn (exhibition catalogue), ed. Joseph Sciorra (New York: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York University, 2003). 23 51. com; a business sticker on the back locates the framer’s shop in West Hempstead, New York.
Choate, Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008); Donna R. , Italian Workers of the World: Labor Migration and the Formation of Multiethnic States (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2005); Jennifer Guglielmo, Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880–1945 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010), and Laura E. S. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007). In spite of a vigorous search for contributions from other countries with significant Italian populations such as Belgium, Brazil, and Germany, we were not successful in eliciting contributions.
Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora by Edvige Giunta, Joseph Sciorra