In Palermo, a whole neighborhood was inhabited by the argentieri, the silversmiths. Today their presence is redimensioned and their artifacts are mostly baroque reproductions, gifts for religious celebrations. In another part of the world, in the Niger and Mali area, the same material has a very different aspect and meanings; Berbers as well as other ethnicities, keep this craft as a main signifier of their identity.

Images from SICILIA, a multilingual magazine by Flaccovio Editore*, printed from 1953 to 1982