Wicker laundry basket – Wicker basketry is a traditional craftsmanship, very condition by the availability of the basic raw material. It seems that its peninsular origins could be link to two areas that stand out for the cultivation. This plant are Encase and Guadalajara. Also, in the Portuguese area, Madeira is one of the areas whose wicker crops are more widespread. In these areas the production of wicker objects plant industrially, was mainly devote to the manufacture of furniture. And however in the Canaries was a small family industry that made baskets.
The situation is not good for the wicker laundry basket craftsmen. The progressive shortage of the masonry, the abandonment they have experienced in recent years. Has caused that the baskets have to move to areas far from their workshops in order to acquire the material. This situation has result from the abandonment of agriculture and livestock, the lack of interest in the lack of water in the areas where the moths are develop, the lack of care for the moths that need to be prun, and of course, the appearance of the plastic that has been replacing these objects artisans by the industrial ones.
The usefulness of utensils made with wicker has been decreasing, leaving these with a merely ornamental function. The workshop of the wicker laundry basket is usually locate in the family home. Within the house the place of development of the task is not a specific site and prepare for it, but is a place intend for different functions are patio, porch, tool room, etc., although it does require a place to store your clothes. The wicker is the main raw material are this is a fiber of very high quality and durability. Sometimes the wicker is mix with other secondary vegetable fibers cane, and can function as both reinforcement and decoration.
In the operative chain of elaboration, the wickerwork follows the following steps are selection and collection of the raw material. The wicker is collect during the waning quarter of February and March, although in some areas is collect in October, not to damage the plant when it is bursting. After the rods are cut, they are allow to dry against the wall. Subsequently, they are group into bundles and store in protect locations from the direct sun. Before each rod is used in the warp, it must be soak, so that it fulfills the conditions of flexibility that the work requires. The conformation of the wicker laundry basket begins with a base, weaving together mother sticks and daughters, to pass to the lifting of the walls, the making of the handles, the finishing of the edge and finally, the elaboration of a lid, in case it is necessary