There is only a few and sporadic evidences on the origins of the use of the papier-mâché technique in Italy, and they all date back to the 15th century.

The production of papier-mâché statues amongst sculptors in Lecce started around 1700.

Papier-mâché statues better met the needs of a more devotional, religious and practical clientele, for the numerous processions organized by the confraternities. Several artists were employed in papier-mâché workshops, making statues for  Stations of the Cross representations, patronal feasts and nativity scenes.


June to September

Tuesday to Friday: from 10.30 to 13.00 and from 17.30 to 21.00

Saturday and Sunday: from 10.30 to 13.00 and from 17.30 to 21.30

Monday closed

October to May

Tuesday to Thursday from 9.30 to 13.00.

Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00

Sundays and public holidays from 16,00 to 19,00

Monday closed.

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