Art of basket weaving
Sardinia has always been an ideal area for basket making, due to its abundance of shrubs. The prime materials adopted vary: in the Villacidro area there are soft rushes, reeds, willows and wild olive branches. Wicker baskets are used throughout the island, made from willows, wild olive branches, mastic and reeds.
In the past, there were two types of baskets: those made by men that were rough and for work purposes such as harvesting and fishing and those made by women for domestic use. The baskets made by these ladies featured lovely detail work and decorations embellished them that gave a cheerful touch to the household and to this day, not withstanding their original function has been lost, they still serve a decorative purpose. Baskets were used mostly as breadbaskets and for food preservation and were even made in remarkable sizes such as the sa crobi , a very large basket used to hold flour, pasta and bread.
This activity kept the entire community occupied for both the gathering of the prime materials and for the handcrafted process of manufacturing these baskets. Every woman, at the moment of her wedding celebration, had a trousseau filled with baskets, called the su strexiu de fenu which included 3 hampers and 3 crobis (concave baskets), all of which were an upside-down bucket shape.
In Villacidro to this day, some handcrafting professionals or amateurs maintain this traditional art and keep on bringing items of extraordinary workmanship to life, using exclusively natural products that are gathered in the nearby countryside and carefully prepared as the tradition dictates
Molto interessante vi sono ancora artigiani che intrecciano vari artefatti, vale la pena di visitare Villacidro.
Esperienza culturale che arricchisce, quante testimonianze di un passato ancora molto vicino e di grande valore. Molte signore sull'uscio di casa, intrecciano e vendono cestini e altri oggetti.