Basketmaking is one of the oldest handicraft techniques that exist. It has been used to make instruments, utensils and furniture, completely manually, without any mechanical support or tools. Using precise and repetitive movements, people would mould their creations, bit by bit. The basket makers of today can boast of the authenticity of their trade, being one of the few activities that has not been mechanised. We at Poble Espanyol are lucky enough to have one of the artisans keeping this art alive.
We have organised a handicraft workshop for 13 May, so that you can discover the basic techniques of basket weaving and the necessary skills for practising this thousand-year-old activity. By following the monitor’s instructions, you will make a little miniature basket out of rattan cord… and you’ll get to take it home with you!
And “What”, you ask yourself, “is rattan?” Also called manila, or malacca, rattan bundles together 600 plant species from the palm tree family, which originate in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia. As it’s a light wood, it is very easy to bend, but at the same time, it is resistant and elastic. A very suitable material for both children and adults to enjoy the creation process.
When you’ve finished the activity, we recommend that you visit Pepi’s handicraft shop, La Pescallunes, on calle Caballeros, where you can watch in amazement as she works with her hands right then and there.
Don’t miss out on this children’s activity in Barcelona to enjoy a Sunday out as a family!
Recommended age: 5 years and over, accompanied by an adult
Sunday May 13 2018 from 10:30am to 1:30pm without interruption (workshop session lasts 45 min)
The workshop is included in the Poble Espanyol general admission. Buy your tickets online and get a 10% discount!
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