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Basket weavers

The art of weaving

Here in the Cathar Pyrenees, there’s a long tradition of basketry, which is now being revived. Come and discover these local craftsmen, learn more about their work and admire their creations.

An art form

The craft of basket-making involves making objects using woven plant fibers, such as rattan, wicker or straw. Basketmakers can create a variety of objects, from baskets and baskets to more elaborate chairs and furniture.

The manufacturing process begins with the gathering and drying of plant materials, which are then soaked in water to make them more malleable. The fibers are thenbraided and woven by hand to create the desired shape of the object. Basketmakers can also add decorative elements, such as patterns, dyes or handles, to personalize each piece.

The basketmaker’s craft requires great manual skill, patience and attention to detail. It is often passed down from generation to generation in basket-making families. As well as being a creative and rewarding craft, it also contributes to the preservation of traditional craft techniques and sustainability by using natural, renewable materials.

In the basket-maker's workshop

Several workshops in the area make traditional wicker basketry to the highest standards, each with their own unique designs and pieces, each basketry is creative and useful, fine and elegant, or sturdy and neat.

Each craftsman has his or her own basketry know-how, characterized in our region by meticulous workmanship, fine finishes and long-lasting use.

Some of them offer introductory or advanced courses in basketry, lasting 1 or 2 days.

Most receive visitors in their workshops by appointment.