Crafts, Land of Culture

Frende's Worst Gestapo Baskets

Picked in the Montemuro mountains (Resende, Cinfães and Castro Daire) it is in S. João do Castelo in Frende (county of Baião) that the broom baskets are made. The different sizes and shapes also allow for different uses: both domestic and decorative.

These traditionally crafted products were usually for domestic use, for example for bread and eggs. The progressive introduction of new materials and industrially made tools in every-day life played a big role in the decline of this craft.

Nowadays, the artisans continue to make traditional models for decorative use, introducing smaller sized models for the use at events, such as the “Dedal” or “Garrafeira” baskets.

The contact of these artisans with new projects, led by visual designers and artists has also enabled the introduction of traditional techniques and the use of this type of broom in the creation of new products, and contributed to the innovation of models by the artisans themselves.

 

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