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Costumes of rich burgisi

The group wear the original costumes of the "Rich Burgisi" typical of the '800, fine-hand embroidered.


    The "Burgisi" was a rich landowner inhabitant in the suburb; a feast costume, worn for weddings or important events like baptism, religious feasts and important reunion.
    The costume is composed by a jacket called "buggiacca", it had a touch of distinction and high fashion of that time.
    The knickers still show some influence of the Spanish domination, with side vents covering slightly the hand-made cotton knee socks. The costume is adorned with silver bottons, bow and red coloured band at the waist.


    The costumes refer to brides or to the elegance of the feast. They are made up in the inner part by a shirt named "pittina", which is linked to fine-hand embroidered long underpants adorned on the border with slim coloured ribbon.
   The waistcoat, modeled on the hips to set off Sicilian women's figure, is golden or silver hand-embroidered and remembers the themes of abundance with ears of wheat, flowers and fruit.
   The large skirt, in brocaded satin and curled at the hips, on the front is covered by an apron named "fantali".
    The hair is tied back on the nape by a "tuppo" for showing up and valorizing the woman's face, keeping a pure behaviour. The "tuppo" is covered by a golden handmade "coprituppo" calling the embroidery of the waistcoat.
    The nineteenth-century costumes of the "Rich Burgisi" were generally worn on weddings and feasts. The women's costume were hand embroidered by each woman who was wearing it, with coloured strings, which themes are taken from holy vestment: they can distinguished from other Sicilian costumes for their embroidered elegance.

   The typical costumes of our group are exposed at the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FOLK COSTUMES in CASTELRAIMONDO - MACERATA

costumes of peasants

    The group also wear the "campagnoli" peasant typical costume to represent the songs and the dances of the traditional trades: the olive harvesting, the vintage, the reaping, and the harvest of citrus fruits; the salines, the fishing.


    They are costumes that were daily worn for the work in the land, like grape and wheat harvesting. The woman costume is set by a large coloured cotton skirt curled at the hips; under the skirt there are a pair of underpants curled at their border with coloured ribbon. The front of the skirt is covered with a cotton smock, called "fantali", narrow and long, used as a container for the ear during the wheat harvest. Moreover the woman wear a shirt of white thin cotton, lownecked and curled at the breast and at the wrists, on the waist there is a black velvet "corset" laced on front by a golden cord emphasizing the prosperous breast. The hair, tied back on the nape, is covered by a cotton coloured handkerchief used to keep the hair clean.


The man's costumes are composed by a large with no collar white cotton shirt, laced on the breast by a white cord. Tied to the neck of the man, on the top of the shirt, we find a coloured cotton handkerchief, used to dry the sweat during the long days of work under the sun. Long till the calf dark coloured cotton pants, cloth shoes and a straw hat with large edge to protect from the hot Sicilian Sun.

The costumes are under the supervision of Mrs. Nuccio Antonella