A tour to Matera must absolutely help you to discover the local artisans and their products.. Visiting Matera means also a journey to those historical objects that reveal how the local people lived once upon a time. Today I would like to describe an object that I’m passionate about, and I like it especially because it is a simple object but at the same time I consider it a small gem; the cuckoo. What is it? It’s a clay whistle in the shape of a hen. I assure you it’s not at all a stupid thing; it has a history of its own.
In olden times this object was considered a talisman, a lucky charm that drove away evil spirits and protected its possessors. Then in the 1950s it became a kind of toy – during the tour you’ll see how poor some of the houses in Matera were and therefore even a small whistle, for those who could afford it, was a treat. This special “hen” in time became a coloured object, decorated with leafy branches and birds and has become a well-wishing wedding souvenir promising fertility to the newly-wed. On the tour to Matera, you will also be able to browse in a very special artisan workshop where you can try out these splendid cuckoos. The mysterious and arcane echo of these cuckoos will keep resounding in your heart after a visit to Matera!