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HANDICRAFTS   

When you speak of  Sardinia  it is  spontaneous to speak of  handicrafts.

The artistic handicraft of  Sinnai in its typical  forms, was born inside the homes, as daily handicrafts  in the hands  of  expert women. Sinnai, is one of the greatest centre of  production of rush baskets  worked according to  a particular  technique and sometimes interlaced with small strips of cloth or of wool. The women that make the baskets  before  beginning  the work, prepare   the materials necessary to the work with great care. They are vegetable materials, like rush  and  heath and strips of  black or red soft wool. With such strips the decorations are formed. In order to dress the central circle brocades are  used. First  the rush is put into  the water to take away  the spongy pith and sometimes coloured in black with a grass that is called “Su Trisu” and with peel of pomegranate. For  this work  special  instruments are used: a container of baked clay full of water to  wet the fingers and  a pair of hail scissors to cut the  tops of the rush which are too long;  a punch, that is  an instrument in shape of   a cross with a wood handle and a steel needle.

 To begin they take some rough rush,  interlace it with worked rush then go on doing some circles, called “ Sa Corona “, that are worked  with the punch and a rush till the end:  then   the sides “Sa Costa “ are worked, till the  reinforcement ( Su Pusceddu ). The most common  drawings  are: deer, Sardianian dance, ivy and the era of wheat. The most ancient kinds of basket are:  “Su Cannisteddu “  made of light cloth and used  to bring the dinner to the neighbours during the mourning period, “Su Cofineddu” coloured in red used  to place the gifts of the parents-in-law to the future bride  for  the engagement. “Su Cannisteddu mannu po sa farra”, a great basket for the flour.

 

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