Woven Easter Palm - Marcello D'Amico, post 1955 Object Reg. No: SH 960165

Woven Easter Palms are made by worshipers and taken to church on Palm Sunday. They are blessed during the Mass and then taken home. The following year on Ash Wednesday, the blessed palms are brought back to the church where they are burned to make the ashes for the celebration of Ash Wednesday. Palms are woven into different shapes according to regions, towns and villages. Olive tree branches replaced the palms in mountainous villages. This palm was woven by Marcello D'Amico who migrated to Australia in 1955 at the age of 14 from the Island of Salina (Aeolian Islands). He learned the skills of palm weaving as a child from an old nun.
Part of the central rib of the leaf of a palm tree forms the base upon which the fronds have been plaited into three pointed panels. Seven fronds have not been woven and are left free at the top .
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Marcello D'Amico, 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 59.00 cm (Height)
Dimension Comment: Three woven panels approx. 23cm.

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Tagged with: celebrations, italian communities, italian immigration, religions roman catholic, immigration, easter
Themes this item is part of: Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Maker: Mr Marcello D'Amico, Victoria, Australia, post 1955

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