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“Embellishing” or making beautiful is an expression indicating an artistic endeavor. It was often used by artisans who carved or painted wood furniture or craft objects that were often said to be embellished with paint, rope, carving, etc. These inspirational items are found in folk art of many nations and can inspire other artists like potters to find a different use for an ancient material like twine or cord. Here are some examples of Italian folk art.

                                                                                                                                            At left,  is a Sicilian chair with painting motifs taken from popular sagas or folklore. This item has a woven cord seat. The colors and motifs were used on cattle drawn carts used in Sicily at festivals. Its use of embellishment, is similar to those used in the Far East. A modern example would be an Indian taxi embellished with statues and adornments.                                                                                                                              Below is a humble carved oak storage box with twine.

The twine is used by a potter in a similar way who wanted to create a new look in the 1940’s. (photo below)