Up until recently, each Sardinian bride brought with her into marriage a sort of dowry. In contrast to most of Europe, this dowry was considered property of the woman herself. With that right to own it, however, came an equally important implied responsibility. The dowry was expected to be prepared and created directly by her, and it was considered her contribution to the creation of her new home. In this way, a woman’s dowry was a direct expression of her skills and preparation. And, importantly, it was less of an offering to her future husband than proof of her obligation to help provide for her future family.
The difference, then, lay in that most of a woman’s dowry was handmade by her for herself - not for her husband - and only what she wasn’t able to make on her own (the ornately carved wooden chest to hold her linens, for example) would be bought as a gift for her from small local artisans. This sort of self-pampering, the glorious Sardinian vanity of attaching true significance (and therefore time and effort) to decoration and beauty, is still at the heart of each of the island’s crafts. The same exuberance of detail that graces the festival bread also graces the minutely embellished sweets which in turn graces the Nuptial Vase.