In our last post (the one featuring a lovely red costume on the cover) we strolled through Sherwood Forest. Even now, though, we can’t leave England’s mythical lands behind us. It’s here passing in front of us that we see a white man bent with age, or perhaps he’s powerful with a solemn air: it’s all the same. The important thing is that Merlin (surely you didn’t expect that!) is wearing his typical pointed hat, likely embroidered with gold stars.
MERLIN THE WIZARD OR THE JEWS FROM LONG AGO?
Of course, we could spend eons wondering about the origin of all myths, from East to West. But some details are more important. Like this one about the hat. In fact, for a long time in our city’s history similar headwear was the trademark of the Jews. Not embroidered stars (on coat sleeves), but a conical, yellow hat. Incredibly ugly. Who knows what these people – rich in culture and especially in spirit – might have said: that there must have been more tasteful symbols to distinguish them.
Every design choice, every line drawn by an artist or artisan, follows a trail of symbols. Some are harmless and fit every season well. But who could deny that even the cut of a hat has historical sustainability?