Our Company

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..

Our History

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.

From tradition to uniqueness

From tradition to uniqueness Immagine: caolino We attempted to combine a great attention to the artisan workshop tradition, as it developed for centuries, to an accurate research on materials, one of our aims being a constant innovation of the product with the respect of human health: we only use non toxic materials, free from lead, cadmium or other health dangerous compounds.

We grew up with our dolls...

Since the mid-1980s we can say with a pinch of pride that Sibania has become a reference company in the Italian production of porcelain dolls, producing the biscuit on our exclusive prototypes for the main artisan workshops and companies that dwell in this field in Italy.

... and matured with our figurines

In 1998 we started the production of our figurines, small sculptures that mainly represent children. On ne side we constantly kept in mind the productive techniques of finishing and decoration acquired during the Capodimonte experience, and on the other we introduced new stylistic and technical methods.

Then our heart got its shape

The unique and peculiar techniques we use and the strongly prevalent use of manual skills, allow us to say that our pieces are practically unique pieces. These figurines want to be the representation of a world, the childhood world, full of emotions and that produces feelings in those who come into contact with it; we believe that the purity of porcelain makes this material a most suitable one for the artistic representation of children’s innocence and purity.

Who are we today?

For the realization of these figurines, the traditional techniques are the starting point for a more innovative and contemporary representation, as actual and contemporary is the particular expressivity of our pieces.

These figurines are collectible items and really perfect as a thoughtful gift, since their expressivity can easily communicate a care or a message, so that they can become an expecially valuable present, dense with emotions and long lasting.

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.
Sibania was born many years ago, at first it echoed in the memory, perhaps from a word heard by chance and involuntarily crippled, perhaps the name of a distant country or a mysterious kingdom in the tales of the fathers, or who knows…
The Name is born first. Then the Name generates the thing.
And so the thing grew, almost inexorable, like a baby in its mother’s womb, you can’t stop it. Like an island that rises from the sea with all its cliffs and forests and the flights of birds, with all the telluric settlements that its emergence entails.
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…

Guido Gozzano
1913, su La Lettura del Corriere della Sera

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