Have you heard of Cinabro Carrettieri? It’s a cartmakers shop in Ragusa Ibla, where they make traditional carts and carriages by hand. I’m talking old-school craftsmanship, and definitely not mass-produced stuff. Essential during the 1800s to mid 1900s, the cart is an important part of Sicilian folklore and iconography. “The same way that monuments and buildings tell the story of our humanity, the Carretto Siciliano tells the story of Sicily,”
I found on the Internet, that they were a major means of transportation or the transportation of goods throughout the island from the 19th to the 20th century. Carts reached the height of their popularity in the 1920s, when many thousand were on the island.
The Cinabro Carrettieri shop is run by a talented artisan who uses his skills to create these colourful works of art. It is all about preserving the heritage of Sicily, and these carts are a big part of that. They’re extremely colourful and have intricate designs catch your eyes for as long as you want to watch.
If you’re ever in the area, you should check it out. You can watch the crafts being done live, and have some snacks at the same time. And they’ve got all kinds of smaller or larger carts for sale too, as well as handmade wooden toys and kitchen utensils.
|Cinabro Carrettieri||Via Orfanotrofio 22, 97100 Ragusa Ibla||Web|
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