Typical costumes, legends and traditions

Memories · Campomarino

In Campomarino, during the past, it was easy to deduct the social class from the way to dress. If rich people, for their sophisticated clothes, could use trine, silk and laces, poor people just had the need to cover them and a single well-defined dress to the holiday days. Usually, what they received as a dowry lasted all their life, when these garments became worn out, they were repaired to give them new life.

The typical dress of the women of Campomarino consisted of woolen knickers and blouses, long to the knee and of a longer skirt curled in waist. Above the shirt was worn a rather short bodice, buttoned at the front. On the blouse it was worn a short bustier buttoned at the front. They did not use coats, but small capes. Often on the skirt, which was generally in dark cotton, they wore a zinale, a colored apron, knotted on their back. According to economic possibilities, women wore jewels: precious stone earrings, pendants and rings, usually received as gifts during the engagement period. The shoes, with side buttons or hips and generally low, were used only on special occasions, every day women wore pianelle (slippers), patiti (wooden clogs) and ciocie (shoes imported from nearby Ciociaria ).
Men’s clothing was simpler: long flannel panties, canvas pants and suspenders. The shirt was never of a light color, apart in festive days, it had no neck that was put apart. Even the jacket was used only on special occasions, in velvet or heavy cloth. Wearing the waistcoat was very common. The shoes were tall for work, low in festive days. An element to complete men’s clothing was the pocket watch with chain (in gold or silver).

Superstition and popular legends were simple and peasant. Often, a person who had a particular physical feature, was considered bad or possessed by demons. Many of these beliefs are still in use today, it would be unlucky to place the hat on the bed, dream a female newborn baby, meet a priest, give up pointy objects. The moon had significant influence, both on the sex of the unborn baby and on the success of the crop, on the transfer of the wine, on the sitting of eggs. Against the gossips are used to support the overturn broom near the door of the house.

The typical gastronomy of Campomarino, like the other Molise coast villages, is based on fish. Scampi, red mullets, mussels and clams dominate the dishes of this area, creating with great skill risottos, pasta and soups.

In Campomarino, the arbëreshë tradition is strong, the Albanian is still spoken today and the character and traditions of the other side of the Adriatic are still intact. These people arrived in Molise around the second half of the 15th century, led by Giorgio Castriota Scanderbeg, to whom Ferdinand II of Aragon had granted territories in Molise as an allowance for the aid received against the troops of Angiò.


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