“Weave it yourself” is a series of how-to DVDs, where master basket makers, traditional folk artists, present the methods of creating particular baskets and other objects. The tutorials can be used for self-learning, as they show the whole process step by step. Thanks to the videos, everyone can learn to weave on their own.
Watch basket makers presenting a vast range of materials and techniques! The films contain English subtitles.
DVD PACK NO. 1 – willow basket and cattail shopper
Willow fruit basket
If you dream of your own willow basket, you can watch this film to learn how to weave a green willow basket with a round base. On the basis of this technique, you can weave other shapes of baskets too. The basket is presented by Grzegorz Gordat from the region of Lublin, who has already gained the title of the Master of Tradition despite his young age. You can weave your own basket with him!
Duration: 73 minutes
Bulrush shopping basket
A beautiful shopper bag made of an unusual material – bulrush, also called cattail (Typha latifolia). Helena Rogala, our Queen of Cattail, will teach you how to make a bag like this step by step. See how this material is cut and what the shopper looks like.
Duration: 66 minutes
DVD PACK NO. 2 – willow kabłącok and straw basket
This is the only basket on the Polish List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is semicircular with a flat wall and small legs, supported by a bow frame, made of unbarked willow. Kabłącok baskets are woven in the unique Lucimia – village of basket weavers. The basket is presented by Basketry Master Czesław Kostka. Take a look at kabłącok!
Duration: 56 minutes
Sewn straw basket
Sewing with rye straw is a typical technique in the region of Podlasie in Poland. The video is a step-by-step tutorial showing how to weave with straw. This technique can be used to make, for example, your own bread basket. The instructions are presented by Basketry Master Zoja Majstrowicz.
Duration: 58 minutes
Production: Serfenta Association
Camera and editing: Krystian Pisowicz
Publication year: 2011
Helena Rogala – Cattail Queen – one of the last remaining basket makers who weaves unique cattail bags for us. We have cooperated with Helena for 11 years. Along with her family, she cuts cattail manually in muddy ponds. Then she cleans the material uses it to weave her magic!
Helena’s bags are part of our offer thanks to our long-standing friendships formed during Serfenta’s basketry expeditions. By purchasing them, you support local Polish craft and Basketry Master Helena directly.
Grzegorz Gordat – a young Basketry Master who weaves using top-quality willow. He is an incredibly talented basket maker – there is nothing he couldn’t weave. What’s more, he knows everything there is to know about willow. To make szyszak baskets, he uses wooden moulds. White willow is obtained through the natural process of submerging fresh material in water for a few weeks, which makes it less accessible and more unique. No chemical agents are used in the process of whitening!
Order a tutorial video to see how Basketry Master Grzegorz Gordat weaves a willow basket step by step.
These products are part of our offer thanks to our long-standing friendships formed during Serfenta’s basketry expeditions. By purchasing them, you support local Polish craft and Polish Basketry Masters. You also support us – thanks to your order, we can organise basketry workshops. Come and join them!
What you will find in our shop:
0% mass production – all the items are one of a kind
tradition and modernity
products for a good, long life.
We draw inspiration from the vast experience of the best basket makers.
Order a DIY kit for straw weaving.
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Fresh willow kabłącok A Polish basket in a Japanese style€ 25,00
Sewing needle for straw A necessary weaving tool€ 20,00
Book about basketry Obligatory reading€ 15,00
Book about Polish handicraft How to weave with straw€ 10,00
Online tutorial videos How to make a basket?€ 15,00
Straw sheaf Ready to use€ 22,00
Willow sheaf Debarked red willow€ 14,00
Basketry apron Style in your workshop€ 20,00
NewWillow splints Necessary for straw weaving€ 16,00