The Palm Weavers

Palm-weaving is a religious folk art tradition associated with contemporary Palm Sunday observances in Italian American neighborhoods of Philadelphia. This video describes how palms are made, why artists are motivated to continue this “back-breaking work,” and how customers—people in the community, dispersed one-time residents, and newcomers—keep this tradition alive. Every Palm Sunday they return o buy palm sprays to place on the graves of kin and friends, as well as palms to exchange as tokens of friendship among the living.

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