Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

Basket- making - weaving with willow, straw and split wood

Applicant: Stainzer Korbflechter und Besenbinder aus dem Blaurackenverei LEiV, Kulturverein Gniebing/Weißenbach, Korbflechter aus Fruttendorf-Gießelsdorf
Province: Styria
Domain: Traditional Craftsmanship
Year of inclusion: 2013

Basket-weaving from materials found in nature has been an important part of everyday life for thousands of years. The baskets, woven and sewn from willow, straw and split wood, were used for carrying and holding. In many parts of Austria, basket weaving used to be an important home industry. An extensive knowledge and large range of weaving techniques have been preserved in the region of South-Eastern Styria. After collecting and drying their materials throughout the year, weavers and interested novices meet there in order to exchange their know-how and pass on traditional craft techniques as well as their knowledge of the materials.