Hand-woven from pine root by the master of Kashubian handicrafts, a big basket is the original decoration of any interior. The basket can be used to serve bread, cutlery or small items to the table. The difficulty and time consumption of obtaining and processing the raw material, as well as the complicated root weaving process mean that fewer and fewer people deal with this difficult craft. There are very few artists who create plaits from pine root, being displaced by wicker plaits. Here is one of the products of this dying handicraft. It's worth joining this type of braid to your collection before the art of making it 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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