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Traditional Algarvian Basketry Art Workshop "Empreita de Palma" with Ysaline in Aljezur, Portugal

Traditional Algarvian Basketry Art Workshop "Empreita de Palma" with Ysaline in Aljezur, Portugal

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Have you ever heard about "Empreita de palma"? 
It’s a traditional basket weaving technique from the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region.

During her basket weaving classes in Aljezur, Portugal, artist Ysaline teaches you the different steps of ‘empreita de palma’, from braiding the palm leaves to sewing them into a small basket so you can go home with your own customized piece!

Ysaline picks the palm leaves locally and dries them on her roof for a month. She wants to share her knowledge that for centuries has been passed from generation to generation.

For her 4-hour Traditional Algarvian Basketry Art Workshop "Empreita de Palma" in Aljezur, Ysaline invites 1-6 guests on her terrace at her home which lies in a quiet valley just outside of Aljezur town.

She provides you with some regional delicacies such as almonds, dried figs, 'pasteis' and seasonal fruit. As for drinks she serves infused water, tea, coffee.

All You Need To Know for the Traditional Algarvian Basketry Art Workshop in Aljezur, Portugal:

Length of workshop: 4 hours

Number of people: 1 - 6 people

Location: On Ysaline's terrace (partly covered), in a quiet valley just outside of Aljezur town.

Price per person: € 98; from 2 people € 64 per person.

Minimum advance booking time: 3 days

Next workshop dates: On Sundays and Mondays

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Jennifer Ward

Had a wonderful time with Ysaline. We were warmly greeted with a hug and quickly felt like we were old friends. Ysaline was a great teacher and host and so easy to talk to. She shared details with us of her very interesting life and how she came to learn these talents of traditional basket weaving. We learned about her time and travels in Amazon, locally in Portugal and details about procuring the fronds and then of course, we each made a lovely wee basket. I wish I could return again!

She s Amazing !

It was incredible to make this workshop.
Ysaline is very professionnel and patient ❤️
She shares her waeving knowledge with authenticity and fun 🌞
I loved it !

Back to authenticity

What an amazing workshop!
Ysaline is very patient, she explains in a calm and passionate way and has many stories to tell.
Not only did she teach us about the techniques but she also shared her stories about her stay in Brazil and now Portugal where she learned many different original weaving techniques from the locals.
This workshop is more than only weaving with dried leaves or recycled rope. It's also about taking the time to lose yourself into your handwork and to have deep conversations with the other participants.
I definitely recommend it, and believe me I am not the 'patient' type but I still managed to make a really nice little basket with the help of Ysaline.

Empreita de palma

Great workshop to get back in touch with your creativity. Ysaline starts with a little explanation about the history of ‘empreita de palma’ and how she harvests and treats the leaves. After, she teached us how to make a little basket. Her enthusiasm and bubbly energy made it a relaxing and overall lovely experience.

An authentic & rewarding experience

So much fun! Making your own little basket from
raw materials, the original portuguese way, leaves you with a sense of connection to this area, pride and a souvenir that you’ll forever cherish. Revisiting traditional artisan
ways gives you a new sense of appreciation for ‘things’
and works really grounding to your system. Ysaline is a passionate & fun guide, really sharing her heart in this workshop. It is an experience that’s not to be missed, I’ve I don’t think there’s anything quite like it elsewhere.