ANTONIO MARRAS PRESENTS PRE FALL 2024 ‘NATIVE SARDINIANS’
In 1981, Fabrizio De André released an autobiographical album, bearing his name, dedicated to both the Sardinian community and the community of Native Americans in the United States. The Antonio Marras Pre Fall 2024 collection is dedicated to this poetic union.
The singer-songwriter poet wrote:
“I am far more Sardinian than those who, having been born by chance in Sardinia, have chosen to live in Rome,”
“Life in Sardinia is perhaps the best a man can hope for: twenty-four thousand kilometers of forests, countryside, and coastline immersed in a miraculous sea would be exactly what I would advise the good Lord to give us as Paradise.”Fabrizio De André
The album in which he compares the American Indians to the Sardinian people, sensing something more than a correspondence, a simple analogy, dates from 1981. Being Sardinian is always a matter of becoming, and not of being; of differences, and not of identity. Sardinian “independentism,” perhaps, should start over from here, from two symbolic figures, Sardinians and Indians, who are no different, in terms of the experiences they live or are subject to, to the “other” characters the author always sang about.
Native Americans and Sardinians share an existential dimension that lives out the relationship between people, the relationship with nature, and the relationship with the divine in a very similar way; both inhabit the open spaces of prairies or mountains and know freedom and, consequently, the violence of the repression of those who want to deny that freedom along with their diversity.
Religions, mysticism and symbolism are the ingredients that still fascinate those who approach the history and way of life of Native Americans and the footsteps of the most famous Indian chiefs, but also the artifacts and symbologies that characterise a savoir-faire that remembers stories and legends.
De André speaks of American Indians and Sardinian shepherds, juxtaposing their similar existences with the sentiment that is most congenial to him and which is the fundamental principle of his philosophy: that solidarity which means common feeling, being a sharer in the pain of others as the only way to the good and peace of all men. Sardinians and Native Americans share the defence of their diversity, the irregular life of those who live among mountains or grasslands, between the sky, the woods and the water of seas or streams.
A collection that brings together craftsmanship, love of tradition, reverence for ancient customs and ancestral gestures and rituals.
We are children of the same land steeped in animism, respect and devotion to one great mother: nature.
For both peoples it is important to have a type of clothing that is easily transportable, that protects against seasonal weather changes, and that uses raw materials accessible to a perpetually displaced people.
Ours is a divertissement, a game, a quest, a tribute to tradition, that of the Sardinians and that of the Native Americans, who have in common the sacred wisdom of weaving and a goddess: the blanket.
The colors of the collection echo the high prairie skies and the sunsets of the wildest Sardinia. Sky blues, cream, light blues, burgundy, deep blues, rust, taupe, dove grey, ecru, mauve, chestnut, burnt hues, and petrol.
Houndstooth, plaids, checks, flowers, branches, inlaid embroidery. Rough leather and fringes, as well as cocoon knits, capes, suits and dresses and blankets aplenty.