Burano Local Customs

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    Lace

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    In the 16th century, other stiches were devised and special patterns and designs; the shapes were perfected, ranging from geometric patterns to flowers, animals, scrolls and embroidery. So called "controtaglio" style was created, surounded by large scrolls and cords, and the "roselline", little star-shaped rosettes scattered in various order over the lacy background.
    Until a short time ago, it was not uncommon to find old lace-makers sitting outside their houses, making lace in the street. I saw it long ago in occasion of my first visit to Burano.

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    Lace

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    The craft of lace-making developed in the early 16th century and encouraged by the noble Venetian ladies. The carft was the mainstay of the island's economy throughout the 19th century. In 1872, lace again saved the inhabitants, reduced to the poverty line by a very cold winter.
    There was even a time when there was a risk of closing the lace school at Burano, but the doge's wife, Morosina Morosini, promoted the craft and gave a great boost to the lace school on the island.

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    Lace School and Museum

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    Tradition says that the origin of the lace made on the island of Burano goes back to a legend. A sailor, returning from one of his voyages to distant lands, brought to his beloved a piece of beautiful seaweed that he had found on the sea bed. The girl, fascinated by the stupendous beauty of the gift, wanted to reproduce with a needle and thread the extraordinary embroidery that nature has created. It is how the stich called "punto aria" was born, a characteristic stich which can be seen in all laces made at Burano.
    Lace School and Museum is situated in the Gothic building in Piazza Galuppi, don't miss to visit it.

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    Grow It Anywhere You Can

    by tpal Updated Dec 31, 2004

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    Aside from a few isolated green spaces the majority of the common areas around Burano are covered with paving stones of one sort or another. A few spots such as this little patch (which was clearly the domain this black beauty) can be found, but mainly it's hard surface. This is not to say that the residents are not enthusiastic about growing. Container gardening is a definite favorite alternative.

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    Paint By The Numbers

    by tpal Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    You have to admit that there is a certain undeniable innocence and charm to a townspeople that paint their houses with a Crayola Box palette. This row of houses was pretty typical. It didn't seem to matter that blue was already used or that their neighbor's house was also burgundy. As a matter of fact, the only consensus seems to be that everyone (well, nearly everyone) should have green shutters with white window and door frames. The randomness of the mix creates a somewhat organic feeling.

    Painted ladies of Burano

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    Burano Welcome

    by tpal Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    The lifestyle of the residents on Burano definitely seems more relaxed than we experienced in Venice. Perhaps most indicative of this was the entrances to the private homes. In Venice I have often been fascinated by the finely crafted doorways with their hand carved details and their bronze door knockers. In Burano, however, the approach is a bit more casual. Most often the doors are swung wide open and merely draped with a curtain. This apparently allows air as well as guest to freely flow in.

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    Friendly locals

    by Sjalen Updated Feb 9, 2006

    Despite Burano being very touristy, we met a couple of local looking ladies who offered our daughter this bunch of flowers they had picked! Just like that.

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    Painted Houses

    by GinGinCoo Updated Feb 27, 2004

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    The custom of painting their houses different colors makes it easier for the fishermen of the village to identify their own homes when going home late at night from a night's fishing.

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