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Who’s from Romagna, probably knows already the story of the Caveja and the Romagna Han.
Here the entire story!
The Caveja is one of the many symbols of the farmer tradition: it’s in fact a tool used by farmers.
Let’s start with meaning of the word Caveja
Caveja, from latin and it means “ankle” and it keeps the same etymology of the cavicchio, a large iron nail with square section, of varying length, used to carve beams or other wooden equipment
The Caveja is a real working tool of the farmer traditions and it comes as a wrought iron rod with the presence, at the top, of a plate decorated with rings and allegorical images.
It was placed in the front of ploughs and carts to avoid that, in case of braking or steep descents, the latter invested the oxen that towed it.
The Caveja became a symbol of Romagna thanks to Aldo Spallcci, a doctor from Bertinoro, at the beggining of 900’s.
In 1912 the first collection “La Caveja dai anëll” was published, thus helping to spread it in the literary world, leaving the purely rural boundaries.
The Caveja has been used for scaramatic and religious rituals, to prevent the arrival of a storm, to protect the harvest, to attract and capture the bees and much more!
Nowadays the Caveja remains mainly a symbol, generally used in a folkloristic key or as a name or logo linked to the rust prints of the fabrics, typical of the Romagna tradition.
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