Giants made of paper: Putignano papier-mâché floats

Mar 15, 2020 618

Carnival has always been one of the most awaited celebrations of the year for young and old people, and in Italy it enjoys a very ancient tradition. From North to South in fact, there are many cities celebrating Carnival with processions, masks and above all allegorical wagons. 

Putignano, in Apulia, is the country where the latter are not only a folklore element, but an excellence of the local handicraft that engages the whole country, all year round. The art of papier-mâché, of which wagons are made, is handed down through generations. The papier-mâché was used already in 1600 in Spain as a poor material to make the statues of the saints for the sacred processions.

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