Basket Weaver

In Lesvos the basket weaving craft was strongly and traditionally embedded in Asomatos and Gera while many family basket weaving businesses could be found all over Lesvos, such as the village of Skoutaros. Basket weavers wove their baskets using chaste tree (“lygaria”) stems that grew near rivers and streams. The sizes and the types of baskets varied depending on their function and use. There were baskets for carriage of fruit, the washing of clothes and artful intricately woven baskets for festive moments. A basic tool in basket weaving is the wooden splitter, which tore through the reeds and the thread cutter used to drill holes to fix handles.