Grandma Gigliotti’s Apron

In Attire

This is my great-grandmother Gigliotti's apron.  She came to America at nine years old with her family from Calabria, Italy.  When she grew up she met my great-grandfather Frank Gigliotti, also from Italy, and they decided to start their life together in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Cooking and food has always been a big part of my family, seeing as we are Italian.  My great-grandmother made this apron herself after she got married to my great-grandfather and before they started their family.  My great-grandmother didn't get very far in school seeing as she couldn't speak English very well, but she was very good at sewing.  This apron has been passed down to all the women in my family, my grandmother when she married my grandfather, and then to my mother, and now to me.  Starting from my Grandma Gigliotti, all the women in my family have worn this apron while cooking, especially when we are making our family spaghetti.  This apron is very important to me and I've always loved wearing it, even as a child, and knowing that my great-grandmother put the work into making something special to pass down through her family.  

Place(s): Pennsylvania
Year: 1920

– Alyssa Barnsley

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more