Carrizo Basket Weaving

 

Basket weaving using carrizo is a pre-hispanic craft. Carrizo is a river reed, very similar to bamboo. It is hard and grows to 5-6 metres long. Traditionally, it is used to make baskets. However in modern times, it faces much competition from plastic. This beautiful craft may well disappear all together.

 

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Here Teresa demonstrates how to weave a basket from carrizo. The reed is cut at the bottom of the stem. It is laid over a plank of wood and split into strips longways with a knife.

 

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The strips are then shaved down by scraping the very sharp blade of the knife along the surface until they are smooth.

 

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Strips which need to be darker are scorched over flames in order to be able to weave in intricate contrasting patterns.

 

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Maurillio was taught how to weave baskets from carrizo by his parents from the age of 12.

 

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Finally the baskets are woven using a star shape frame which is cut to measure and weaving the body of the basket in a spiral path in and out of the frame.

 

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The finished basket is tough and hard wearing. It takes Maurillio 2 days to make one basket.

 

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