For the Spring Summer 2013 collection, Italian luxury house of Dolce & Gabbana celebrates the craftsmanship of weaved wicker reeds, deeply rooted in the culture and folk tradition of Sicily. Dolce & Gabbana’s have fashionably transformed weaved wicker reeds into corsets, dresses and even heels of shoes.
Natural wicker is well known for its strength and durability, and for beauty that an expert craftsman can produce. Materials used are plant based, such as the cores of cane or rattan stalks, or whole thicknesses of plants, as with willow branches. Weaved wicker is traced back to the Ancient Egyptians, with Pharaoh tombs being furnished with wicker chests and baskets. Its popularity was passed into the Romans who adopted the craft and perfected it, creating not just vessels, but also furniture like divans and tables. Wicker baskets and pieces of furniture have been unearthed in Pompeii.
Though much of the wicker products on the market today come from the East, the traditional European craft survives in pockets of the Mediterranean like Portugal,Spain and Italy. In Sicilyin particular wicker is still crafted according to the most ancient of traditions and is a real art.
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