Palm Weaving Workshop
“Empreita” is the name of the technique that consists in intertwining the leaves of a particular type of palm tree indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula. In Portugal, it can be found in the Algarve and was used to make baskets of various shapes and sizes for transporting dried fruits and nuts. Using this ancient technique, it is possible to make a type of complex plait, which can then be shaped to form the object you want to make. In the workshop participants will learn the process of “empreita” and use it in the confection of a useful trivet.
– Brief introduction to the history of the empreita uses
– Explanation of the palm preparation
– Tearing the palm leaves
– Plaiting the strands
– Baracinha Technique (twisting the torn palm leaves into a type of thin cord)
– Sewing the woven palm