Know that we make the conscious decision to only use renewable and sustainable fibers woven by our own hands. The reed, our raw material, born wildly in nature without pesticides or human hand every single year.
Since I was 5 years old I have been working at portuguese reed basketry without receiving a penny. Why the youngest are not interested in crafts and the culture dies in the hands of the oldest? Because it has to be prized for its true value.
With Victoria handmade project, we revolutionized this market just by making it fair: with all the rights of the worker safeguarded, something never before achieved in this ancestral art. We guarantee that we were the first, and the few.
Only in this way we can preserve the culture of this art and transform lives with it.
We deliver a imperfect perfection, as mother nature itself dictates. Our reeds grow up freely in wetlands of Portugal and are picked up by us in the summer once a year, for the whole year. Its original color is a strong green that is dried naturally over the strong summer sun to its cream hue so we can work with it.
The leather we use is of high-quality vegetable tanning. It is genuine. Its treatment process is toxic free and does not release any toxins into the environment. Its fusion is derived from vegetable pigments and other plants that allow a better environmentally friendly finish.
From its natural cream color, we dye the reeds from the most colorful to the most neutral! But being a plant, the reed does not adhere to all type of colors. Also this singularity makes that slight differences in shade from reed to reed happens due to its uniqueness.
Keeping faithful to the ancestral processes, we sew all our baskets with jute, a resistant thread made of natural fibers that is also dyed according to the color of your piece.
Although it is popularly common to hear that these baskets are made of wicker, this statement is false! All of our bags are made of reeds, and only the baskets have handles in wicker! Reliable to traditional carrycot, we use wicker to make the wings of the ‘nostalgic baskets’ collections, being also a material from nature resistant to weight and time.