Traditional Peacock Feather Embroidered Belts-South Tyrol, Italy
By Magdalena Strakova
Documentary Award in HPA2011
The series show traditional South Tyrolean leather belts, embroidered with peacock feathers – in detail, in the process of making and even being worn during traditional festivities. The ornaments are made with white peacock tail feathers during extremely time-consuming process, which only half a dozen craftsmen in whole South Tyrol can do. This craft requires a five-year apprenticeship and is very demanding to master. When finished, the heavily decorated belts (and also other leather things like shoes, wallets, etc.) cost a small fortune and are treasured as such by all the proud owners.