ToinoAbel

Portuguese Handmade Bags

Porto, Portugal · 1006 Sales

ToinoAbel

Portuguese Handmade Bags

Porto, Portugal 1006 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(195)

Announcement   Each Toino Abel basket is handmade, unique and part of our history.
With passion we aim to keep tradition.

A STORY

It is hard to find an old photograph of someone carrying a reed basket in my small village. Local people state the reason that the baskets were so commonplace that no one gave them enough value to be photographed. At that time photographs were taken only on feast days, I imagine. It was here were everything began. Everyone in my village made baskets at some point. But the one who started making them was my great-grandfather. He initiated this craft of weaving seemingly fragile materials into sturdy objects. The reed baskets became popular in the entire country and are now seen as part of our Portuguese heritage. Nevertheless, today the craft is at risk to come to an end. Once the last generation of remaining craftsmen and -women passes away, the Portuguese tradition of reed basket making might die out with them. Only time will tell.

Regardless, Toino Abel aims to preserve, cherish and share this beautiful craft with you. Our baskets are being produced one at a time by skilled hands, using only natural materials like linen, reed and willow in an ecological and sustainable way. Each basket has been manufactured in the same technique throughout generations in a strictly handmade process. We aim to keep it that way and carry on the tradition.

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Last updated on Mar 27, 2017

Each Toino Abel basket is handmade, unique and part of our history.
With passion we aim to keep tradition.

A STORY

It is hard to find an old photograph of someone carrying a reed basket in my small village. Local people state the reason that the baskets were so commonplace that no one gave them enough value to be photographed. At that time photographs were taken only on feast days, I imagine. It was here were everything began. Everyone in my village made baskets at some point. But the one who started making them was my great-grandfather. He initiated this craft of weaving seemingly fragile materials into sturdy objects. The reed baskets became popular in the entire country and are now seen as part of our Portuguese heritage. Nevertheless, today the craft is at risk to come to an end. Once the last generation of remaining craftsmen and -women passes away, the Portuguese tradition of reed basket making might die out with them. Only time will tell.

Regardless, Toino Abel aims to preserve, cherish and share this beautiful craft with you. Our baskets are being produced one at a time by skilled hands, using only natural materials like linen, reed and willow in an ecological and sustainable way. Each basket has been manufactured in the same technique throughout generations in a strictly handmade process. We aim to keep it that way and carry on the tradition.

Continue reading on:
www.toinoabel.com

Follow us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/toinoabel

Nuno Henriques

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Nuno Henriques

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5 out of 5 stars
(195)
Victoria Long

Victoria Long on Apr 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous bag, I'm thrilled with it. The quality and craftsmanship made it more than worth the wait. Thank you so much!

Maria Florut

Maria Florut on Apr 16, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Great Item.

Holly

Holly on Apr 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
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OUR STORY

My great grandfather was called José Custódio Barreiro. He was a farmer and a good business man living in the small Portuguese village of Castanheira. I heard many stories about him from my father and my grandfather, both drawing the picture of a very strict and serious man strongly concerned with his commerce. Portugal at the time was extremely rural and my great grandfather earned his living by producing olive oil and wine. And, of course, his famous reed baskets. He sold many baskets to places all over Portugal and delivered the baskets with a cow and cart. My great grandfather employed many people in Castanheira, all working in the production of baskets. After my great grandfather died, his son that was my granduncle took over the business. And after his death it was continued by my grandaunt who is still overlooking the production of baskets today. However, nowadays the business is very small and the staff of my grandaunt only consists of six people. All employees are old and have worked for the company for many decades. They are handcrafting the baskets in the same traditional technique of the time of my great grandfather.

Every step of the process is done by hand: The women cut the reed sticks into bunches of equal size, clean and dry them and clear their colour in a process of burning sulphur. Afterwards they colour the remaining darker pieces with colour pigments and weave them on a hand loom in a variety of patterns. The finished parts are being stitched together in the form of a bag. The handles of the baskets are made of willow branches that are bound and fastened onto the baskets.

Sometimes I am sad because I know that the craft of making baskets is coming to an end. When this last generation of old workers dies it might be the end of the Portuguese reed basket tradition. But before this happens I would like to share and cherish this beautiful part of my culture heritage with you.

Yours Sincerely,
Nuno Henriques

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