Kit from Quirpon - hanging ornament size

Kit from Quirpon - hanging ornament size

  • $32.00


Kit from Quirpon (pronounced “car poon”) is the hanging ornament version of the 20th and final Mummer in the collectible series from Mummers the Word.

Mummering is a centuries old tradition that takes place over the 12 days of Christmas in the outports of Newfoundland & Labrador.  It involves dressing up in interesting (to say the least) disguises, going visiting and getting up to a bit of mischief.  A lace curtain or tea towel hides the face, clothes are worn inside out or backwards, and underwear is worn over the outerwear.  "Men dressed as women & women dressed as men" goes the song.  Once in disguise, the mummers set out for a night of fun in the community, going from house to house, at each one asking the ritual question, on an in breath, "any mummers 'llowed in?" The mummers might then have a swally of rum or syrup, play the fiddle, acordion or ugly stick and dance a jig or two with granny.  Not as common as it once was, mummering lives on in Newfoundland art and craft.  Let's all hope that the tradition continues to revive!