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 Lavoretti di sparto e scirpo romano

Lavoretti di sparto e scirpo romano

Sparto: una semplice fibra vegetale che gli 'espateros' trasformano in bellissimi design a treccia.

Hanno dato forma ad utensili per l'agricoltura e per la casa: cesti, tappeti, borse per ciclisti, ecc.

La tecnica impiegata è la seguente: lo sparto è coltivato, fatto seccare, curato e intrecciato in diverse forme.

La tecnica dell'intrecciare fibre vegetali è chiamata 'pleita' il cui materiale principale è lo sparto (lygeum spartum), il giunco o la tifa. 

L'intreccio dello sparto è diffuso in tutto il centro e il sud della Spagna, Andalusia, Castiglia, Isole Baleari e nelle regioni a sud in altre aree mediterranee.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Weaving

Weaving

 

The history of origin dates back to the Neolithic period, around 5700-4400 BC.

 

 
Initially, the cloth was used in the natural colours of sheep wool, hemp and linen. Later, the domestic production of patterned linen, hemp, and later cotton fabrics was developed. Especially women were dedicated to this craft.

Weaving is a method of forming a textile in which warp threads are alternately mechanically divided to two or more layers and into a formed slot called” ziva” is embedded attack perpendicular to the warp. By changing the position of the warp threads, a new” ziva” is created and the process is repeated. The way the warp and weft yarns cross, determines the binding of the fabric. In the domestic weaving in Slovakia, the most widespread was the tabby weave, weft rips binding and twill weaves. In these ties there were smooth canvas in the colours of linen, hemp or cotton threads.

Around the mid-20th century, there was an extinction of flax and hemp cultivation, also the change in the way of clothing, led to a reduction in manufacture of home-woven fabrics and factory-made fabrics replaced a large proportion of them. Domestic fabrics have become more of a decorative meaning. They were either interior textiles, or parts of traditional clothing.

  Country:  Slovakia


"Cesto" o alfombrillla de paja

"Cesto" o alfombrillla de paja

El "cesto" es el nombre de un tipo de bandeja utilizada en el hogar. Era empleado para secar alimentos y almacenarlos. Está tejido de una manera especial con pajitas y telas, pero también está diseñado para ser utilizado como un elemento decorativo. Se siguen produciendo en la actualidad, utilizando el material y el método original, siendo la mayoría de los cestos considerados como artículos de artesanía.

  Country:  Chipre


Basket made of straw in Cyprus

Basket made of straw in Cyprus

-The making of baskets from straws is a long tradition in cyprus, there are areas where to products are made up to date. 

Wooden straws are used to make the baskets that were used in the household and agricaltural activities.

Sometimes the wooden straws were dyed making the baskets more beautiful and exhibiting them in the household as a decoration items.

  Country:  Paphos, Cyprus


Basket made of straw in Cyprus

Basket made of straw in Cyprus

-The making of baskets from straws is a long tradition in cyprus, there are areas where to products are made up to date. 

Wooden straws are used to make the baskets that were used in the household and agricaltural activities.

Sometimes the wooden straws were dyed making the baskets more beautiful and exhibiting them in the household as a decoration items.

  Country:  Paphos, Cyprus


Basket made of straw in Cyprus

Basket made of straw in Cyprus

-The making of baskets from straws is a long tradition in cyprus, there are areas where to products are made up to date. 

Wooden straws are used to make the baskets that were used in the household and agricaltural activities.

Sometimes the wooden straws were dyed making the baskets more beautiful and exhibiting them in the household as a decoration items.

  Country:  Paphos, Cyprus


Basket made of straw in Cyprus

Basket made of straw in Cyprus

-The making of baskets from straws is a long tradition in cyprus, there are areas where to products are made up to date. 

Wooden straws are used to make the baskets that were used in the household and agricaltural activities.

Sometimes the wooden straws were dyed making the baskets more beautiful and exhibiting them in the household as a decoration items.

  Country:  Paphos, Cyprus


Basket made of straw in Cyprus

Basket made of straw in Cyprus

-The making of baskets from straws is a long tradition in cyprus, there are areas where to products are made up to date. 

Wooden straws are used to make the baskets that were used in the household and agricaltural activities.

Sometimes the wooden straws were dyed making the baskets more beautiful and exhibiting them in the household as a decoration items.

  Country:  Paphos, Cyprus


Basket made of straw in Cyprus

Basket made of straw in Cyprus

-The making of baskets from straws is a long tradition in cyprus, there are areas where to products are made up to date. 

Wooden straws are used to make the baskets that were used in the household and agricaltural activities.

Sometimes the wooden straws were dyed making the baskets more beautiful and exhibiting them in the household as a decoration items.

  Country:  Paphos, Cyprus


Basket made of straw in Cyprus

Basket made of straw in Cyprus

-The making of baskets from straws is a long tradition in cyprus, there are areas where to products are made up to date. 

Wooden straws are used to make the baskets that were used in the household and agricaltural activities.

Sometimes the wooden straws were dyed making the baskets more beautiful and exhibiting them in the household as a decoration items.

  Country:  Paphos, Cyprus


Baskets of olive twigs

Baskets of olive twigs

The 'vareta' (twig of olive) is a raw material, used to make traditional baskets as well as more elaborated pieces, and it is a typical Andalusian handicraft, land of olive trees.

Technique. The process of artisanal elaboration is complex and begins in summer with the harvesting of the olive branches, which are cleaned of leaves and classified for the fabric, which consists of placing sixteen pairs of ‘varetas’ in the shape of a star, which are tied and they are surrounded with other finer ones to make the base on which the "ribs" are placed, pairs of ‘varetas’ in the form of a cage that serves as a guide to form the wall of the basket. Once the wall is made, the edge and the handle are made.

Materials: green olive twigs and branches is the main unique material used for this purpose. The olive twig is not usually stored but always work immediately to the collection, after letting it dry for a few days.

These baskets were originally used for the harvesting and transporting of olives and grapes but nowadays have been substituted by mechanical devices. Thus, the creation of baskets with olive branches is in serious risk of extinction because it is not profitable and scarcely survives for traditional reasons.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Baskets of olive twigs

Baskets of olive twigs

The 'vareta' (twig of olive) is a raw material, used to make traditional baskets as well as more elaborated pieces, and it is a typical Andalusian handicraft, land of olive trees.

Technique. The process of artisanal elaboration is complex and begins in summer with the harvesting of the olive branches, which are cleaned of leaves and classified for the fabric, which consists of placing sixteen pairs of ‘varetas’ in the shape of a star, which are tied and they are surrounded with other finer ones to make the base on which the "ribs" are placed, pairs of ‘varetas’ in the form of a cage that serves as a guide to form the wall of the basket. Once the wall is made, the edge and the handle are made.

Materials: green olive twigs and branches is the main unique material used for this purpose. The olive twig is not usually stored but always work immediately to the collection, after letting it dry for a few days.

These baskets were originally used for the harvesting and transporting of olives and grapes but nowadays have been substituted by mechanical devices. Thus, the creation of baskets with olive branches is in serious risk of extinction because it is not profitable and scarcely survives for traditional reasons.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Baskets of olive twigs

Baskets of olive twigs

The 'vareta' (twig of olive) is a raw material, used to make traditional baskets as well as more elaborated pieces, and it is a typical Andalusian handicraft, land of olive trees.

Technique. The process of artisanal elaboration is complex and begins in summer with the harvesting of the olive branches, which are cleaned of leaves and classified for the fabric, which consists of placing sixteen pairs of ‘varetas’ in the shape of a star, which are tied and they are surrounded with other finer ones to make the base on which the "ribs" are placed, pairs of ‘varetas’ in the form of a cage that serves as a guide to form the wall of the basket. Once the wall is made, the edge and the handle are made.

Materials: green olive twigs and branches is the main unique material used for this purpose. The olive twig is not usually stored but always work immediately to the collection, after letting it dry for a few days.

These baskets were originally used for the harvesting and transporting of olives and grapes but nowadays have been substituted by mechanical devices. Thus, the creation of baskets with olive branches is in serious risk of extinction because it is not profitable and scarcely survives for traditional reasons.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Baskets of olive twigs

Baskets of olive twigs

The 'vareta' (twig of olive) is a raw material, used to make traditional baskets as well as more elaborated pieces, and it is a typical Andalusian handicraft, land of olive trees.

Technique. The process of artisanal elaboration is complex and begins in summer with the harvesting of the olive branches, which are cleaned of leaves and classified for the fabric, which consists of placing sixteen pairs of ‘varetas’ in the shape of a star, which are tied and they are surrounded with other finer ones to make the base on which the "ribs" are placed, pairs of ‘varetas’ in the form of a cage that serves as a guide to form the wall of the basket. Once the wall is made, the edge and the handle are made.

Materials: green olive twigs and branches is the main unique material used for this purpose. The olive twig is not usually stored but always work immediately to the collection, after letting it dry for a few days.

These baskets were originally used for the harvesting and transporting of olives and grapes but nowadays have been substituted by mechanical devices. Thus, the creation of baskets with olive branches is in serious risk of extinction because it is not profitable and scarcely survives for traditional reasons.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Baskets of olive twigs

Baskets of olive twigs

The 'vareta' (twig of olive) is a raw material, used to make traditional baskets as well as more elaborated pieces, and it is a typical Andalusian handicraft, land of olive trees.

Technique. The process of artisanal elaboration is complex and begins in summer with the harvesting of the olive branches, which are cleaned of leaves and classified for the fabric, which consists of placing sixteen pairs of ‘varetas’ in the shape of a star, which are tied and they are surrounded with other finer ones to make the base on which the "ribs" are placed, pairs of ‘varetas’ in the form of a cage that serves as a guide to form the wall of the basket. Once the wall is made, the edge and the handle are made.

Materials: green olive twigs and branches is the main unique material used for this purpose. The olive twig is not usually stored but always work immediately to the collection, after letting it dry for a few days.

These baskets were originally used for the harvesting and transporting of olives and grapes but nowadays have been substituted by mechanical devices. Thus, the creation of baskets with olive branches is in serious risk of extinction because it is not profitable and scarcely survives for traditional reasons.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Baskets of olive twigs

Baskets of olive twigs

The 'vareta' (twig of olive) is a raw material, used to make traditional baskets as well as more elaborated pieces, and it is a typical Andalusian handicraft, land of olive trees.

Technique. The process of artisanal elaboration is complex and begins in summer with the harvesting of the olive branches, which are cleaned of leaves and classified for the fabric, which consists of placing sixteen pairs of ‘varetas’ in the shape of a star, which are tied and they are surrounded with other finer ones to make the base on which the "ribs" are placed, pairs of ‘varetas’ in the form of a cage that serves as a guide to form the wall of the basket. Once the wall is made, the edge and the handle are made.

Materials: green olive twigs and branches is the main unique material used for this purpose. The olive twig is not usually stored but always work immediately to the collection, after letting it dry for a few days.

These baskets were originally used for the harvesting and transporting of olives and grapes but nowadays have been substituted by mechanical devices. Thus, the creation of baskets with olive branches is in serious risk of extinction because it is not profitable and scarcely survives for traditional reasons.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Calafataggio

Calafataggio

"La tecnica usata è chiamata calafataggio: il materiale principale è la stoppa. 

Questa tecnica consiste nel mettere quel materiale sulle tavole congiunte dei pavimenti in legno e poi coprirli con catrame così che si evitino infiltrazioni d'acqua. 

Il calafataggio necessita di un processo diverso a seconda del tipo e dello spessore. 
Quando si tratta di legno morbido, viene utilizzato uno scalpello che crea buchi metre per il legno duro è necessario creare una smussatura ai lati delle tavole di 2 cm all'esterno. Nel video si vedrà il processo di calafataggio su una barca.

  Country:  Spain


Cantimplora y objetos decorativos de calabaza

Cantimplora y objetos decorativos de calabaza

La piel seca de un tipo particular de calabaza se ha usado para hacer envases de agua y vino. El material vegetal de esta calabaza es robusto y se puede usar varias veces sin que se altere. Suele estar decorado para distinguir a su propietario y se ha convertido en una forma de arte popular. Hoy en día, los recipientes de calabaza se producen para la ornamentación y hay muchas formas y diseños que se venden exclusivamente como productos decorativos.

  Country:  Chipre


Caulking

Caulking

The technique used is called Caulking

The main material used is oakum.

Caulking is the action of putting oakum on board joints of the decks and then covered with tar, so it avoids water filtration. Caulking needs a different process depending on the type and thickness. When it is "soft" wood, a chisel is introduced among boards until they cause a gap; for hard wood it is necessary to make a bevel to the sides of boards of 2 cm, on the outside.

In the video you will see how is the caulking process on a boat.

  Country:  Spain


Caulking

Caulking

The technique used is called Caulking

The main material used is oakum.

Caulking is the action of putting oakum on board joints of the decks and then covered with tar, so it avoids water filtration. Caulking needs a different process depending on the type and thickness. When it is "soft" wood, a chisel is introduced among boards until they cause a gap; for hard wood it is necessary to make a bevel to the sides of boards of 2 cm, on the outside.

In the video you will see how is the caulking process on a boat.

  Country:  Spain


Caulking

Caulking

The technique used is called Caulking

The main material used is oakum.

Caulking is the action of putting oakum on board joints of the decks and then covered with tar, so it avoids water filtration. Caulking needs a different process depending on the type and thickness. When it is "soft" wood, a chisel is introduced among boards until they cause a gap; for hard wood it is necessary to make a bevel to the sides of boards of 2 cm, on the outside.

In the video you will see how is the caulking process on a boat.

  Country:  Spain


Caulking

Caulking

The technique used is called Caulking

The main material used is oakum.

Caulking is the action of putting oakum on board joints of the decks and then covered with tar, so it avoids water filtration. Caulking needs a different process depending on the type and thickness. When it is "soft" wood, a chisel is introduced among boards until they cause a gap; for hard wood it is necessary to make a bevel to the sides of boards of 2 cm, on the outside.

In the video you will see how is the caulking process on a boat.

  Country:  Spain


Caulking

Caulking

The technique used is called Caulking

The main material used is oakum.

Caulking is the action of putting oakum on board joints of the decks and then covered with tar, so it avoids water filtration. Caulking needs a different process depending on the type and thickness. When it is "soft" wood, a chisel is introduced among boards until they cause a gap; for hard wood it is necessary to make a bevel to the sides of boards of 2 cm, on the outside.

In the video you will see how is the caulking process on a boat.

  Country:  Spain


Caulking

Caulking

The technique used is called Caulking

The main material used is oakum.

Caulking is the action of putting oakum on board joints of the decks and then covered with tar, so it avoids water filtration. Caulking needs a different process depending on the type and thickness. When it is "soft" wood, a chisel is introduced among boards until they cause a gap; for hard wood it is necessary to make a bevel to the sides of boards of 2 cm, on the outside.

In the video you will see how is the caulking process on a boat.

  Country:  Spain


Cestas con varas de olivos

Cestas con varas de olivos

La vara o rama de olivo, es una materia prima utilizada para hacer cestas tradicionales, y otras piezas más elaboradas. Es una artesanía típica andaluza, al ser eésta una tierra autóctona de olivos.
Técnica: el proceso de elaboración artesanal es complejo y comienza en verano, con la cosecha de las ramas de olivo, que se limpian de hojas y se clasifican para el tejido, que consiste en colocar dieciséis pares de varetas en forma de estrella. Se atan y rodean con otros palos más finas para formar la base sobre la cual se colocan las "costillas", o pares de varetas, en forma de jaula, que sirven de guía para formar la pared de la canasta. Una vez que se hace la pared, se trabajan el borde y el mango.
Materiales: ramas y ramas de olivo verde son los únicos materiales principales utilizados para este propósito. La rama de olivo generalmente no se almacena, siendo utilizado inmediatamente tras su recolección, después de dejarla secar durante unos días.
Estas canastas se utilizaron originalmente para la cosecha y el transporte de aceitunas y uvas, pero hoy en día han sido sustituidas por dispositivos mecánicos. Por ello, la creación de cestas hechas con ramas de olivo está en grave riesgo de extinción, al no ser rentable. Apenas sobrevive por razones tradicionales.

  Country:  Andalucía, España


Cesto or straw mat

Cesto or straw mat

Cesto is a form of tray used in the household. It was used in the house for drying food and for storing it. It is weaven in a special way using straws and fabric and also it is designed in a way to be used as a decoration item.
They are produced up to date using the original material and method, and most of the cestos are considered art items

  Country:  Cyprus


Cesto or straw mat

Cesto or straw mat

Cesto is a form of tray used in the household. It was used in the house for drying food and for storing it. It is weaven in a special way using straws and fabric and also it is designed in a way to be used as a decoration item.
They are produced up to date using the original material and method, and most of the cestos are considered art items

  Country:  Cyprus


Cesto or straw mat

Cesto or straw mat

Cesto is a form of tray used in the household. It was used in the house for drying food and for storing it. It is weaven in a special way using straws and fabric and also it is designed in a way to be used as a decoration item.
They are produced up to date using the original material and method, and most of the cestos are considered art items

  Country:  Cyprus


Cesto or straw mat

Cesto or straw mat

Cesto is a form of tray used in the household. It was used in the house for drying food and for storing it. It is weaven in a special way using straws and fabric and also it is designed in a way to be used as a decoration item.
They are produced up to date using the original material and method, and most of the cestos are considered art items

  Country:  Cyprus


Cesto or straw mat

Cesto or straw mat

Cesto is a form of tray used in the household. It was used in the house for drying food and for storing it. It is weaven in a special way using straws and fabric and also it is designed in a way to be used as a decoration item.
They are produced up to date using the original material and method, and most of the cestos are considered art items

  Country:  Cyprus


Cesto or straw mat

Cesto or straw mat

Cesto is a form of tray used in the household. It was used in the house for drying food and for storing it. It is weaven in a special way using straws and fabric and also it is designed in a way to be used as a decoration item.
They are produced up to date using the original material and method, and most of the cestos are considered art items

  Country:  Cyprus


Corn straw broom

Corn straw broom

Over time, some Romanian villages gained expertise in traditional broom making craft, a knowledge passed on from generation to generation and still kept among communities of skilled craftsmen. Traditional broom making still thrives in Romanian villages where all locals practice broom craft. It is the village’s second source of income after agriculture.

Broom making starts from growing a special plant – broomcorn (Sorghum bicolor). It is grown as a garden crop and harvested for the long fibrous panicle.

After they thresh out the seeds from the heads, tassels are bundled in preparation for tying. Shorter stalks are used for the inside layers and longer stalks are used for the outside layers to give it a good aspect.
Next comes tying on the broom, an operation which requires a lot of force applied to the broom. He tyes it in four or five places and makes the handle of the broom.

  Country:  Romania/Moldova


Corn straw broom

Corn straw broom

Over time, some Romanian villages gained expertise in traditional broom making craft, a knowledge passed on from generation to generation and still kept among communities of skilled craftsmen. Traditional broom making still thrives in Romanian villages where all locals practice broom craft. It is the village’s second source of income after agriculture.

Broom making starts from growing a special plant – broomcorn (Sorghum bicolor). It is grown as a garden crop and harvested for the long fibrous panicle.

After they thresh out the seeds from the heads, tassels are bundled in preparation for tying. Shorter stalks are used for the inside layers and longer stalks are used for the outside layers to give it a good aspect.
Next comes tying on the broom, an operation which requires a lot of force applied to the broom. He tyes it in four or five places and makes the handle of the broom.

  Country:  Romania/Moldova


Corn straw broom

Corn straw broom

Over time, some Romanian villages gained expertise in traditional broom making craft, a knowledge passed on from generation to generation and still kept among communities of skilled craftsmen. Traditional broom making still thrives in Romanian villages where all locals practice broom craft. It is the village’s second source of income after agriculture.

Broom making starts from growing a special plant – broomcorn (Sorghum bicolor). It is grown as a garden crop and harvested for the long fibrous panicle.

After they thresh out the seeds from the heads, tassels are bundled in preparation for tying. Shorter stalks are used for the inside layers and longer stalks are used for the outside layers to give it a good aspect.
Next comes tying on the broom, an operation which requires a lot of force applied to the broom. He tyes it in four or five places and makes the handle of the broom.

  Country:  Romania/Moldova


Corn straw broom

Corn straw broom

Over time, some Romanian villages gained expertise in traditional broom making craft, a knowledge passed on from generation to generation and still kept among communities of skilled craftsmen. Traditional broom making still thrives in Romanian villages where all locals practice broom craft. It is the village’s second source of income after agriculture.

Broom making starts from growing a special plant – broomcorn (Sorghum bicolor). It is grown as a garden crop and harvested for the long fibrous panicle.

After they thresh out the seeds from the heads, tassels are bundled in preparation for tying. Shorter stalks are used for the inside layers and longer stalks are used for the outside layers to give it a good aspect.
Next comes tying on the broom, an operation which requires a lot of force applied to the broom. He tyes it in four or five places and makes the handle of the broom.

  Country:  Romania/Moldova


Corn straw broom

Corn straw broom

Over time, some Romanian villages gained expertise in traditional broom making craft, a knowledge passed on from generation to generation and still kept among communities of skilled craftsmen. Traditional broom making still thrives in Romanian villages where all locals practice broom craft. It is the village’s second source of income after agriculture.

Broom making starts from growing a special plant – broomcorn (Sorghum bicolor). It is grown as a garden crop and harvested for the long fibrous panicle.

After they thresh out the seeds from the heads, tassels are bundled in preparation for tying. Shorter stalks are used for the inside layers and longer stalks are used for the outside layers to give it a good aspect.
Next comes tying on the broom, an operation which requires a lot of force applied to the broom. He tyes it in four or five places and makes the handle of the broom.

  Country:  Romania/Moldova


Corn straw broom

Corn straw broom

Over time, some Romanian villages gained expertise in traditional broom making craft, a knowledge passed on from generation to generation and still kept among communities of skilled craftsmen. Traditional broom making still thrives in Romanian villages where all locals practice broom craft. It is the village’s second source of income after agriculture.

Broom making starts from growing a special plant – broomcorn (Sorghum bicolor). It is grown as a garden crop and harvested for the long fibrous panicle.

After they thresh out the seeds from the heads, tassels are bundled in preparation for tying. Shorter stalks are used for the inside layers and longer stalks are used for the outside layers to give it a good aspect.
Next comes tying on the broom, an operation which requires a lot of force applied to the broom. He tyes it in four or five places and makes the handle of the broom.

  Country:  Romania/Moldova


Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto: a humble vegetable fiber that transforms into the expert hands of the 'esparteros' in beautiful designs of a practical nature.

Traditional craftsmanship that gave shape from esparto and pleita, to tools for farming or house: baskets, carpets, panniers, etc.

Techniques: from country to market, esparto is harvested, dried, cured and braided into different forms. The technique of braiding vegetal fibers is called 'pleita'.

Main material is esparto (lygeum spartum), and also bulrush or cattail (thyfa).

The esparto braiding is spread in all the centre and south of Spain, Andalusia and Castilla, Baleary Islands, as well as Southern regions in other Mediterranean countries.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto: a humble vegetable fiber that transforms into the expert hands of the 'esparteros' in beautiful designs of a practical nature.

Traditional craftsmanship that gave shape from esparto and pleita, to tools for farming or house: baskets, carpets, panniers, etc.

Techniques: from country to market, esparto is harvested, dried, cured and braided into different forms. The technique of braiding vegetal fibers is called 'pleita'.

Main material is esparto (lygeum spartum), and also bulrush or cattail (thyfa).

The esparto braiding is spread in all the centre and south of Spain, Andalusia and Castilla, Baleary Islands, as well as Southern regions in other Mediterranean countries.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto: a humble vegetable fiber that transforms into the expert hands of the 'esparteros' in beautiful designs of a practical nature.

Traditional craftsmanship that gave shape from esparto and pleita, to tools for farming or house: baskets, carpets, panniers, etc.

Techniques: from country to market, esparto is harvested, dried, cured and braided into different forms. The technique of braiding vegetal fibers is called 'pleita'.

Main material is esparto (lygeum spartum), and also bulrush or cattail (thyfa).

The esparto braiding is spread in all the centre and south of Spain, Andalusia and Castilla, Baleary Islands, as well as Southern regions in other Mediterranean countries.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto: a humble vegetable fiber that transforms into the expert hands of the 'esparteros' in beautiful designs of a practical nature.

Traditional craftsmanship that gave shape from esparto and pleita, to tools for farming or house: baskets, carpets, panniers, etc.

Techniques: from country to market, esparto is harvested, dried, cured and braided into different forms. The technique of braiding vegetal fibers is called 'pleita'.

Main material is esparto (lygeum spartum), and also bulrush or cattail (thyfa).

The esparto braiding is spread in all the centre and south of Spain, Andalusia and Castilla, Baleary Islands, as well as Southern regions in other Mediterranean countries.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto: a humble vegetable fiber that transforms into the expert hands of the 'esparteros' in beautiful designs of a practical nature.

Traditional craftsmanship that gave shape from esparto and pleita, to tools for farming or house: baskets, carpets, panniers, etc.

Techniques: from country to market, esparto is harvested, dried, cured and braided into different forms. The technique of braiding vegetal fibers is called 'pleita'.

Main material is esparto (lygeum spartum), and also bulrush or cattail (thyfa).

The esparto braiding is spread in all the centre and south of Spain, Andalusia and Castilla, Baleary Islands, as well as Southern regions in other Mediterranean countries.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto grass and bulrush handcrafts

Esparto: a humble vegetable fiber that transforms into the expert hands of the 'esparteros' in beautiful designs of a practical nature.

Traditional craftsmanship that gave shape from esparto and pleita, to tools for farming or house: baskets, carpets, panniers, etc.

Techniques: from country to market, esparto is harvested, dried, cured and braided into different forms. The technique of braiding vegetal fibers is called 'pleita'.

Main material is esparto (lygeum spartum), and also bulrush or cattail (thyfa).

The esparto braiding is spread in all the centre and south of Spain, Andalusia and Castilla, Baleary Islands, as well as Southern regions in other Mediterranean countries.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Sample of different esparto products, baskets, espadrilles… made with esparto leaves, using the interlacing technique. Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar.

  Country:  Spain/Andalusia


Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Sample of different esparto products, baskets, espadrilles… made with esparto leaves, using the interlacing technique. Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar.

  Country:  Spain/Andalusia


Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Sample of different esparto products, baskets, espadrilles… made with esparto leaves, using the interlacing technique. Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar.

  Country:  Spain/Andalusia


Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Sample of different esparto products, baskets, espadrilles… made with esparto leaves, using the interlacing technique. Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar.

  Country:  Spain/Andalusia


Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Sample of different esparto products, baskets, espadrilles… made with esparto leaves, using the interlacing technique. Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar.

  Country:  Spain/Andalusia


Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar

Sample of different esparto products, baskets, espadrilles… made with esparto leaves, using the interlacing technique. Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar.

  Country:  Spain/Andalusia


Esparto products from Alpujarra Laujar