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Basketry Art Workshop "Build Your Empreita Basket" with Maria in São Brás de Alportel, Portugal

Basketry Art Workshop "Build Your Empreita Basket" with Maria in São Brás de Alportel, Portugal

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During Maria João Gomes' Basketry Art Workshop "Build Your Empreita Basket" in São Brás de Alportel, Portugal, you will focus on learning how to make "empreita", the ancient Portuguese tradition of weaving with palms from the wild of the Algarve region. 

You will create an entire basket of “empreita”, from start to finish, preparing the palms, braiding them, making rope and sewing your piece, bringing back home an unforgettable, unique piece of Portugal's south.

Many years ago in Portugal everyone knew how to make "empreita" basketry art and people used this to make baskets, brooms and other artifacts to fulfill their daily needs.

Over time and with human evolution this beautiful tradition was lost. Nowadays people in Portugal no longer practice this art respecting every step of the process.

In Maria João Gomes' Basketry Art Workshop "Build Your Empreita Basket" in São Brás de Alportel, Portugal, all the palms were handpicked for you, dried, and prepared just like they used to do it back in the old days, bringing this beautiful form of art back to life.

The highlight of Maria's Basketry Art Workshop is that it takes place at the beautiful "Museu to Traje" in São Brás de Alportel, where her atelier is located.

The museum is well equipped to receive guests with reduced mobility, has its own bathrooms and even a nice café.

During your stay, you can also visit the inside of the museum and its beautiful gardens. When the weather conditions are favorable the workshop can also take place in the gardens outside.

About the artist:
Maria João Gomes was born in Portugal and raised in Paris, France, always vacationing in the Algarve. She has been living all around the world for most of her life. Until one day in 2010, when she decided to finally settle back in Portugal. 

Maria learned how to do "empreita" basketry art with her grandmother when she was a little girl. She fell in love with it a second time after returning to the country she calls home.

She has always been an artist soul and started doing "empreita" as a hobby and also as a form of therapy. Though she never thought that she would take it so far as she did until today:

Collaborating with international designers and premium hotels, running own art exhibitions and placing her art pieces in popular music videos. 

Maria takes pride in her work as she represents a lifelong Portuguese tradition that got a bit lost with modern technology. Her mission is it to bring it back to life and to give it a brand-new shape and reputation. 

All You Need To Know for the Basketry Art Workshop "Build Your Empreita Basket" with Maria in São Brás de Alportel, Portugal:

Length of workshop: 6 hours

Number of people: 1 - 6 people

Languages: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish 

Location: At Maria's atelier inside the museum "Museu to Traje" in São Brás de Alportel

Price per person: € 529, includes all materials, water.

Minimum advance booking time: 7 days

Next workshops dates are: On demand
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