Fur - a pelliccia

Sketch of the processing of fibre beards to fur a pellicia.  Mastrocinque 1928
Sketch of the processing of fibre beards to fur a pellicia. 
Mastrocinque 1928
In the 19th century we find a new way of the use of sea-silk in Taranto. Cleaned and combed fibre beards were made to a kind of fur called a pelliccia.

Mastrocinque writes about it in his report of 1928 and mentioned a muff made from the orphanage of Santa Filomena in Lecce. In 1853 it won a gold medal at the Esposizione di Napoli. In his report we find a drawing of the working process and several color pictures of fur items.

Basso-Arnoux got to know this kind of processing sea-silk probably in Oristano, where fishermen had offered him byssus of the noble pen shell for sale. In 1916 he describes in detail the production of such fur, and shows drawings of the necessary instruments. Cleaned and combed tufts with parts of the foot remains were sewn from bottom to top to a cloth, close together and overlapping. With this type of processing the golden lustre of sea-silk gives a particularly good effect.


Collar made a pelliccia.  Mastrocinque 1928
Collar made a pelliccia. 
Mastrocinque 1928
From this type of fur were made caps, muffs, bags, collars and cuffs.

Cleaned, combed tufts were also processed into cord endings and jewelry.