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Museo etnografico (Ethnographic museum)

The Ethnographic Museum of Morigerati (Museum of the peasant culture) exhibits objects and documents collected in the Bussento Valley since the 1960s by Clorinda and Modestina Florenzano, heirs of the baronial Palace (where still lives Mrs. Clorinda), who realized the importance of memories in a period of epochal change for these lands. Thanks to them, thousands of objects –which everybody wanted to get rid of, in the name of modernity – have been saved and preserved. Today the Museum is managed by anthropologist Luciano Blasco.
With approximately 3,000 objects, hundreds of photographs, sound recordings, short films about craft activities and local festivals, the Ethnographic Museum of Morigerati leads you to a journey into Cilento’s history.

Art of candles making
Of great interest are tools and moulds used in the production of votive candles, made in the shape of anatomical parts, which were taken to sanctuaries. This section is the showpiece of the Museum, since rarely documented in other Italian Collections. To create the ex voto were used two or more plaster moulds. The objects obtained were decorated with coloured wax applications.

Farming tools
In the room dedicated to agriculture are exhibit tools and manufactured objects related to cultivation, preservation, transportation and consumption of local crops: cereals, olives, vines, figs and vegetables. The simplicity of the tools testifies to the subsistence farming and the non-extensive exploitation of the land. Animals (poultry, sheep and goats) were bred and exchanged for the purchase of other products.
The work of craftsmen. In Morigerati there were all the craftsmen, maybe due to its isolated location, who were able to make utensils and manufactured objects used in everyday life.
Of the smith’s workshop are exposed the forge and various pliers whereas you can admire the carpenter’s planes, frame saws, and even an original self-produced machine tool: a vertical band saw, built with parts of industrial machine tool and parts assembled with local woods.

Textiles
You can also admire a collection of local textile production (linen, hemp and broom fibre) and tools to spin and weave. The manufacture was long and laborious: first the maceration of plants, then the mangle used to remove the woody pieces. The resulting fibres, still coarse (called “tramicella or tramicedda”) were used to make bags. Using the thistle the fibre became softer (called “stoppa” and “curina”) and softer until it was wound into a skein. The final working was made using the spinning wheel. Until the 1950s in this area was produced also silk, used for clothes and accessories.

 

Openings:

from Tuesday to Friday :  9,00 – 13,30

Saturday : 9,00 – 13,30 ore 15,00 – 19,00

Summer: every day in the afternoon
For any info: museoetnograficomorigerati@gmail.com

Municipality of Morigerati: morigeratiambiente@gmail.com 0974 982016
Point of contact: Mrs Elfriede Caiafa 3395687522
Director: l.blasco@libero.it

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