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Friday, July 12, 2024
Velvet Slippers
Velvet Slippers, hand-embroidered, which were used as shoes. These continue to be made in the Carnia region to this day. In Windsor they were used by folk dancers at the Fogolar Furlan Club. Courtesy of the Fogolar Furlan Club.
Handkerchief, 1940s, hand embroidered by Pierina Fogal’s grandmother, with the initials “B” for Barcelo, and “S” for Stella. Courtesy of Pierina and Silvio Fogal.
Handmade Sweater
Sweater and Camisole, all hand knit without a pattern, 15 years ago by Bice Marignani. She was taught to knit by her mother in Ascoli Piceno, Marche region, Italy. She came to Windsor in 1954, where her three brothers lived, and where she met and married her husband. Courtesy of Bice Marignani.
Black Shirt
Sinale (school smock) worn by lender, Mario Spagnuolo, to grade school in Italy. Originally it had a collar about 2” wide, with a hole through which a bow was tied. The colour of the bow would change, indicating the grade of the child. Extra material was added to lengthen the smock as Mario grew – he was told by his mother, “I don’t care if you get taller but don’t get fat!”. Courtesy of Mario Spagnuolo.
Handmade Swadling
Swaddling Rolls for infants. Swaddling (tight wrapping) was believed to make strong arms and legs. It kept the child warm, and kept the hands away from the diaper. It also soothed infants for sleep. Swaddling was used from birth until about the age of 9 months. The child was bound or wrapped with the arms straight at his sides, and the legs together and straight. Once wrapped, the cloths were tied with two ties so they would stay on. Once the baby was past the age of swaddling, the cloths could be used as a tensor bandage. These swaddling bandages come from Northern Italy. Swaddling bandages were part of a young woman’s dowry. The practice of swaddling ceased around the late 1 940s. Gift of Egidia Rizzo.
The Spindler Used to Make Textiles
Spool for wool (fuso per filare la lana). Courtesy of Mario Collavino.
Wedding Skirt
Wedding Skirt hand embroidered and worn by Maria Spadini (lender’s mother-in-law), who was married in 1912, in Santa Lucia del Mela, Messina, Sicily. Courtesy of Rina Spadini.
Ciocia Slippers
Pair of Ciocie, traditional shoes, from which the Ciociaro region gets its name. The ciocia is made with a piece of square hide. Through holes is threaded a string, that wraps around the foot in such a way, that the end becomes thinner toward the toe, and ends in a curve. The leg is wrapped to the knee with rough, grey canvas and tied with many laces of cord or thread, so that one can move freely in the field, wrapped in a cloak or short jacket, with his zampogna (bagpipes). Courtesy of Giulio Malandruccolo.
Shirt and Napkins
Samplers (campioni) made by lender when she was in school in Italy. She came to Windsor in 1965. Courtesy of Maria A. Letizia D’Agnillo.

Nightgown brought to Canada from Italy, belonged to lender’s mother, Giovanna Fogal. Courtesy of Erino and Fiorinda Bonato.
Apron, crocheted. Courtesy of Filomena Vitale.
Hand Woven Canvas
Hand Woven Canvas, from the 18th century, from Italy. The mother-in-law of donor would cut up pieces to use for sewing samplers. Gift of Maria A. Letizia D’Agnillo.
Linens made on a loom (gli asciugamani fatti al telaio) by Elena Caldarelli in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, in the province of L'Aguila, around the year 1945, prior to her marriage. Courtesy of Domenica and Florindo Mandarino.
Hand Croched Tablecloth
Hand-Crocheted Tablecloth made for lender by her mother, Marcella (Pividori) Minello, around 50 years ago. Courtesy of Norma Popovich.
Pink Sweater
Maria Marchesin came to Canada with her family in 1953, from Italy, when she was 13. She knitted this sweater in Italy, knowing that the family would soon be leaving for Canada, and wanting to bring a bit of her home with her. Courtesy of Maria Marchesin
Handmade Rubber Slippers
Slippers, used by donor, were made from cloth, and rubber from the bicycle wheels, during World War II, because there were no shoes available to buy at the time. Gift of Serena (Bianca) Pellarin.
Hand-Stitched Bedspread which was a traditional wedding gift bestowed on young brides and placed on the marriage bed. This one belonged to Maria Marchesin’s mother and was brought over from Italy. Courtesy of Maria Marchesin.
Embroidered Doily
Embroidered Doily made by Emilia Cocchetto (Meconi) while she was in a convent school in Italy. Courtesy of Andrea Grimes.
Angela Lopetrone Blanket
Blanket (tessuti tradizionali & manufatti tipici) San Giovanni in Fiore (Cosenza). Belonged to lender’s great, great grandmother, and is around 200 years old. Courtesy of Angela Lopetrone.
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