By Joseph Sciorra
For Italian immigrants and their descendants, needlework represents a marker of identification, a cultural touchstone as strong as pasta and Neapolitan song. Out of the artifacts in their reminiscence and mind's eye, Italian immigrants and their descendants used embroidering, stitching, knitting, and crocheting to assist outline who they have been and who they've got develop into. This publication is an interdisciplinary selection of artistic paintings via authors of Italian starting place and educational essays. The inventive works from thirty-seven members comprise memoir, poetry, and visible arts whereas the gathering as a complete explores a mess of stories approximately and techniques to needlework and immigration from a transnational point of view, spanning the overdue 19th century to the overdue 20th century.
At the heart of the booklet, over thirty illustrations characterize Italian immigrant women’s needlework. The textual content unearths the various strategies through which an easy item, or perhaps the reminiscence of that item, turns into anything else via literary, visible, functionality, ethnographic, or serious reimagining. whereas basically serious about interpretations of needlework instead of the needlework itself, the editors and individuals to Embroidered Stories stay conscious of its background and its linked cultural values, which Italian immigrants introduced with them to the USA, Canada, Australia, and Argentina and handed directly to their descendants.