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By Edvige Giunta,Joseph Sciorra

For Italian immigrants and their descendants, needlework represents a marker of id, 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 aid outline who they have been and who they've got turn into. This ebook is an interdisciplinary selection of inventive paintings by means of authors of Italian starting place and educational essays. The artistic works from thirty-seven members contain memoir, poetry, and visible arts whereas the gathering as a complete explores a large number of studies approximately and ways 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 publication, over thirty illustrations symbolize Italian immigrant women�s needlework. The textual content finds the numerous approaches in which an easy item, or perhaps the reminiscence of that item, turns into whatever else via literary, visible, functionality, ethnographic, or severe reimagining. whereas essentially enthusiastic about interpretations of needlework instead of the needlework itself, the editors and members to Embroidered Stories stay conscious of its heritage and its linked cultural values, which Italian immigrants introduced with them to the USA, Canada, Australia, and Argentina and handed directly to their descendants.

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