festivals and traditions

Well Dressing

“Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.”
Kahlil Gibran

Well  dressing is a very peculiar art of decorating (and therefore “dressing”) wells (=pozzi), springs  or other water sources with pictures created using different plants. This very old  custom is popular in the county of Derbyshire and is probably of Celtic origin.

The wells are “dressed”, or better, covered,  with elaborate mosaic-like pictures made of flowers, leaves, petals, seeds, grass, tree bark, berries and moss. The well dressing season lasts from May to late September.

One thought on “Well Dressing

  1. This mix of colours is wonderful and surely it represents the cheerfulness of spring! It’s incredible how they can create shapes and pictures with leaves, flowers and grass… Images are so perfect! 🙂

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