In Planargia, Flussio, Montresta and Tinnura and in Ollolai and Olzai in Barbagia, the basket makers follow the most ancient tradition and use asphodel which is the most elastic and strong plant in Sardinia.
The asphodel, dried and cut into strips, is clear colored on one side and darker on the other which allows the craftswomen to create sophisticated geometrical designs utilizing the two natural tints.
In Romangia, Sennori, Sorso, Anglona, Castelsardo and Tergu the dwarf palm, that grows behind the sand dunes, and raffia are most widely used.
  Images of handicraft - basket
Images of handicraft - basket
  The baskets from Castelsardo, which are perhaps the most famous among Sardinian baskets are also the baskets that deviate most from traditional designs. These changes are due both to external influences and to the fact that finding the raw material is getting more and more difficult.
It is these baskets that are under threat from factory produced imitations, from the scarce supply of raw materials, from an aging work force and low profits. In fact there is a danger that the craftswomen who produce these beautiful baskets will disappear in one or two generations.
Finally we would like to mention the wicker baskets, usually with handles, which are made by farmers and shepherds. These baskets are made from osier, oleaster and reed. The shapes of the baskets depend on what they are designed to be used for. They are made in various villages in the Sassari area, in Gallura, in Bosa, in Tirso and in the Campidano valley.

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