Basketmaking & Wickerwork

Basketmaking & Wickerwork

Traditional basket-making in the area is rich and varied, but today there are just a few elderly people practicing it, and fewer teaching it. We started by learning to build a type of solid basket used traditionally in the grape and potato harvests. It takes quite a bit of strength to make and, not surprisingly, basket-making was essentially a craft for men only. Other forms of wickerwork such as in furniture or in building (partition wall structures, with adobe plaster) are not a feature of the area.

On our courses you will learn to identify and collect the natural raw material for weaving, and start making small baskets, decorative and practical. For those who fancy it, we can move on to bigger or more complex structures, including furniture.

Winter is the season for collecting and weaving. It is the only period when we can use the different stems, vines and bark, whose varied colour and texture make such attractive finished pieces. On a grey day a well placed colourful basket can be as cheering as a bunch of flowers.

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