Small, hand weaved by a master of Polish handicraft Easter basket made of a root of a pine. Basket also can fulfill a usable function – it is suitable for fruits, vegetables and small items safekeeping. Its author used traditional Kashub plait. Root wickerwork craft is the one of the passing-away branches of Polish handicraft – it is more and more frequently forced out by wattle wickerwork. Gaining and processing of raw material is very difficult and time-consuming - also process of tree root weaving is complicated and therefore fewer and fewer people practice this difficult craft. It is well worth to add to collection wickerwork of this kind, before the art of root weaving disappears.
Weaving traditions in the Kashubian region date back to Middle Ages. Root weaving is exceptionally interesting form, characteristic of this region. Roots of pine, spruce and juniper are used in this type of weaving. Gathering and preparation of material is quite difficult. In root weaving it may take up even 75 percent of time devoted to work. You have to know how and where to find the right roots and recover them. Sometimes roots have up to several meters of length. It is important to use the obtained material quickly: when dried, roots are likely to break and may change colour. Root weaving is difficult, requires a lot of patience and imagination. According to sources, in the past the weaved objects were so tightly made that the method was used to produce water buckets. Originally, the weaved objects were used in everyday life, today they are real works of art that have not, however, lost their utilitarian values.
Gerard is a highly respected folk artist in the Kashubian region. He specializes in pine root weaving. He belongs to the Association of Folk Artists and is one of the few who can make his woven object so tight and dense that you can pour water in it. He himself says that "it is not work you can pay for..."
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