Palm weaving, Saint Agatha, ca. 1980


In many churches on Easter Sunday, palm fronds are blessed and distributed to the congregation. Some parishioners take the palms home and place them behind crucifixes or holy pictures and others weave the palm fronds into intricate shapes which are also displayed in the home to remind one of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion.

The art of palm weaving is a folk craft passed from generation to generation. While palm weaving is found in many cultures the patterns and uses of the palms vary from culture to culture or even from community to community within a culture.

This is woven palm fronds and is illustrative of the craft.

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