This greeting from Sardinia is in keeping with a tradition that has brought friends of Sardinia to Barbagia for twenty years now. From October to January in select villages of Barbagia the doors of private houses are opened for friends and foreigners as a token of Sardinian hospitality. "Cortes apertas" represent an authentic Sardinian tradition.
The photos that we took this autumn show simple everyday objects that are small works of art: gourds that have become containers for water, wine or grappa. Look at the details of the handmade doilies and the fabrics still prepared on wooden looms. All of these items are one of a kind, and you will find them in inland Sardinia when "Cortes apertas" is opened to tourists.
In Oliena, Fonni and Dorgali selected works of the village inhabitants are exhibited: shalls, colorful fabrics dyed with plant-based dyes used to make traditional clothing, rings, necklaces, brooches and wedding rings, carvings in chesnut and walnut wood that comes from the woods of Gennargentu, baskets made of asphodelines made especially in Ollolai, Urzulei and Flussio and we must not forget the traditional wooden masks that make the locality of Mamoiada famous.
There are many individual artworks. Each has its roots in the tradition of the region that is one of the most geologically interesting regions in the world, where in the course of history European, Oriental and North African elements combined. Every object that is created is an artistic expression of interiorized history.
With our letter from Sardinia this year, we want to introduce you to Sardinia‘s most famous wine: Cannonau. It is believed to have existed since the time of the Nuraghi, making this glorious wine about 3000 years old. This is a wine whose trademark is its history.
With our letter from Sardinia this year, we want to introduce you to Mercato di San Benedetto, the market of the Holy Benedikt.
With this year's letter from Sardinia, we would like to introduce you to a Sardinian musician with a world-wide reputation. Luigi Lai has the following to say about his instrument, the oldest wind instrument in the Mediterranean area: "The launeddas is my life". It is also the most harmonious voice of Sardinia, the jewel of the Mediterranean.
In this letter, we would like to introduce you to the contemporary ceramic works of the famous Sardinian artist Emilia Palomba. Her workshop is currently in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, but she previously also worked in Rome and Venice. The studio in Cagliari is always worth a visit.
Sardinia, our "Paradisola", is a gem of hospitality in the Mediterranean. Anyone who has ever been there knows what we are taking about: for the Sards hospitality is not a program, but rather a shared life. Hospitality has its roots in enjoyment of life, simplicity and humility. This trait can be appreciated especially in the context of "Cortes apertas," an authentic Sardinian tradition, which we discuss in more detail in our traditional "Letter from Sardinia."
This year we send our letter from Sardinia with the paintings and words of Maria Lai, the most important living artist on Sardinia, who is now more than 90 years old. She says to you, 'I am happy if I am able to give you, at this moment of global insecurity, the feeling of holding the sun in your hand, – “tenendo per mano il sole” – and to feel the longing for the skies, since it is the sun and the skies that give us first knowledge and then growth for happier living.'
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