Tapestry

1930s, I-Sant'Antioco CA, Sardinia, Scuola Italo Diana. Private collection (MS Inventory 24)

Sea-silk, woven in silk or cotton, lined, about 70 cm x 90 cm


The Italian fascism plays an important role in the modern history of sea-silk. This tapestry tells a very curious story. In 1938, Benito Mussolini personally inaugurated the newly established mining town Carbonia in the south of Sardinia. The textile atelier of Italo Diana in Sant'Antìoco created for the occasion a tapestry in the style of the time: in the middle the fasces and the logo WW IL DUCE - Evviva il Duce. Initials AC on the right stand for the weaver Assunta Cabras of the atelier, the initials ID for the atelier Italo Diano.



Tapestry
Tapestry, 1930s, I-Sant'Antìoco CA, Sardinia, Scuola Italo Diana. Private collection (MS Inventory 24)



Detail of the original tapestry
Detail of the original tapestry
For whatever reason: The tapestry remained in Carbonia and finally went back to the atelier to Sant'Antìoco. Where it survived the war, unscathed. Later it re-entered the public, now, however, slightly changed: The - former - fasces are covered with various ornaments, and the homage to fascism is covered with politically correct – but not very matching - patterns.


Sources: Addari 1988, Carta Mantiglia 1997a