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Title: Ghonnella : a British-styled allegory for twentieth-century Malta
Authors: Debono, Sandro
Keywords: Clothing and dress -- Malta -- History
Ghonnella -- Malta -- History
Ghonnella in art -- Malta
Malta -- History -- 19th century
Malta -- History -- 20th century
Symbolism in art
Lejliet Lapsi - Notte Gozitana (2012 : Gozo, Malta) -- Exhibitions
Clothing and dress -- Malta -- Exhibitions
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Heritage Malta
Citation: Debono, S. (2012). Ghonnella : a British-styled allegory for twentieth-century Malta. Peasant Costumes - Insights into Rural Life and Society, Malta. 67-75
Abstract: Malta’s national costume is usually considered to be the għonnella or faldetta; a particular woman’s head dress and shawl, or hooded cloak, unique to the Maltese islands. Its historic origins remain elusive and does not relate to Melita except for gender. Travellers and historians equally commented on similarities between the għonnella and oriental fashion dress, Sicilian, Spanish and Southern European costume. The earliest visual record of its use dates back to the early years of the Order of St John in Malta. Travellers then oftentimes defined għonnella as a curiosity, with some remarking that it made women look like ghosts
ISBN: 9789995702625
Appears in Collections:Melitensia Works - ERCGARM&C

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