All baskets bags have, at least, 8 to 16 hours of handmade work; of our own hands. Handmade means that this piece was handcrafted in a small scale with care and dedication by our own hands. A Smaller production quantities allow us give you a better quality control and a sense of individuality: your own.
Get up close to the process of this ancestral art of Portuguese reed basketry.
Reed harvesting in the wetlands of Portugal; Its original color is a dark green;
Natural drying by summer sun exposure; Color transition to a cream hue;
Manual cleaning of other plants that aren't our raw material in each reed bunch that is catched;
Separation of large reed bunches in small portions to cut in the different measures of the pieces;
Wash and sulfur the reed to remove impurities;
Removal of the reed seed and choosing the lighter ones to weave natural pieces, from the dark reeds to dye with color;
Dyeing the reeds and jute fiber - 8 colors palette dyed one at a time;
Natural outdoor drying of color dyeing;
Weaving the loom web with natural jute to give sustainability to the pieces;
Weaving the main mats in their different colors and patterns;
Cutting the loom between the mats to separate them from each other;
Tying the excess jute to secure the reeds to their mat;
Cutting excess reed from the mats;
Repeat this entire weaving process to make a second loom for the sides of the pieces, two sides mats per body mat;
Application of the eco-friendly protective finish that prevents moisture and preserves the color of the piece for longer;
Cutting and production of corners, hand handles, shoulder straps and closures in eco-friendly leather;
Sewing the main mat to the sides of reed or leather, to give body to the piece;
Manual placement of hardware;
Placement of wicker wings; The wicker must be immersed in water for a few hours first in order to become flexible to twist in a braid and shape the wings to be placed in the basket;
Placement of catch or magnetic closures;
Final color retouch; Derived from traditional sewing methods, the needle pierces the main mat at its corners to structure the piece, offending the reed and this break in the area where the needle passes: it is not a defect, but a normal result!
Conclusion of the piece: placement of the brand label, which by the way, is a family name!
The end result: a high handmade quality, timeless piece, light and made from nature directly from the hands of the artisan to yours. Only like this we preserve the Arts and Crafts from their extinction!
Research, brainstorming and briefing on the development of new collections;
Photography: from product, model, production… where a picture worth a thousand words;
Graphic Design and brand communication: where we shout loudly who we are and why we are!
Our window to the world: social media management;
Construction and maintenance of the ecommerce online store;
Management and follow up of our dear customers;
Order management and packaging for the comfort of your home;
What it is and will always be a pleasure: meet you and serve you in our Atelier & Showroom;