Who we are
Sibania is an Italian company located in Vicenza. Italian handcrafted and the artisan workshop tradition are the bedrock of our constant research on materials and on production techniques.
From the porcelain paste to the manufacturing, production is entirely developed into our workshops in Isola Vicentina, where our skilled artisans, designers and painters meticulously refine every figurine and give every face its own expression.
Inspired by the stylistic and technical features of the traditional craftmanship of the so called Capodimonte porcelain, Sibania has produced porcelain since 1980. Starting from this tradition, characterized by exceptional manual skill, we have then tried to integrate a continuous innovation, but keeping unchanged the handcrafted and the italian craftmanship as a benchmark.
We were born out of a great passion
... and from a seized opportunity.
We have grown up in a continuous research
Over time we found our own aesthetic
Perhaps even more decisive, however, was the freshness with which the faces of our children were and still are modeled: modern and current, their expressions recall the faces of the children around us, those we could see on the street or at a friend’s house, laughing or throwing tantrums, crying, reflecting and dreaming.
We have always cared about the health of our employees
With the new millennium, our dolls have evolved into figurines
... but we stayed true to ourselves!
What is Sibania?
For many years we have been asked this question. What is Sibania? What does this name mean? We could not answer: the word itself does not exist, it means nothing: it is only a sound modulated by a voice.
The Name is born first. Then the Name generates the thing.
At first no one notices that it is there, then some sailors off course begin to draw it down in their maps, others look for it and do not find it…
And meanwhile, the island is there.
For many years Sibania had produced porcelain for dolls from the best Italian manufacturers, but no one knew it: it was just a word of mouth among the professionals. Someone came every now and then: some found asylum, some found the island inhospitable, some tried again, some said that everyone was crazy there
Like so... A bit to smile and a bit for real.
Like so… the years pass and Time smoothes the cliffs, turns the hardest rock into sand. It settles the balance or upsets them. Like so… if we put this beautiful poem by Gozzano to present us a bit trivially, it is because it allows us to answer the initial question: what is Sibania?
Sibania is the island that was not there.
Like so… a bit for fun and a bit for real.
" The most beautiful "
I. But more beautiful than all, the Island Never Found:
The one the king of Spain had from his cousin
The king of Portugal with sealed signature
And papal bull in Gothic Latin.
The Infante sailed off for the legendary realm,
saw the Fortunate Isles: Iunonia, Gorgo, Hera,
and the Sargasso Sea and the Dark Sea
searching for that isle… But the island was not there.
In vain the round-bottomed sailing galleys,
in vain the caravels armed their bows:
with due respect to the pope, the isle is hidden,
and Portugal and Spain still search for it.
II. The isle exists, appearing sometimes from afar
Between Teneriffe and Palma, suffused in mistery:
“… the Island Never Found!” From the high peak of Teide
The good Canarian points it out to the foreigner.
Marked on the ancient maps of the corsairs.
… Hifola to-be found? … Hifola pilgrim?…
The magic isle that glides over the seas;
mariners sometimes see her near..
And point their bows toward her blessed shore:
Among unfamiliar flowers soar lofty palms,
The divine aromatic forest, thick and lush,
Weeping cardamom, seeping rubber sap…
Herald like the arrival of a perfumed courtesan,
the Island Never Found… Yet, if the pilot draws closer,
it rapidly fades away, like a vain shadow,
Tinged with the azure color of faraway…
1913, su La Lettura del Corriere della Sera
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