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How to get there:

Address:

Calle Nueva 40
Alanís, 41380
España

Car:

From Seville take SE-111, take the detour to Cantillana and continue by N-432: pass El Pedroso, Cazalla de la Sierra and follow the signals to Alanís. The workshop is in Calle Nueva 40, Alanís

Public transportation:

Bus Linesur. http://www.activagest.com/linesur/

Tlf.:  954 988 222 (Taquilla - Horarios)

Tlf.:  954 988 220 (Oficina)

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Learn about esparto (matweed) craft.

Alanís, Sevilla

Learn all about the esparto (matweed), its origin, the preparation needed to work with it and the uses that it has.

Our hostesses will teach you how to make the baskets, firewood containers and other items. During the activity, our artisans will tell you of the origin of the “pleitas”, where to find the plants, how to extract them from the fields and how they are transported. To work with it, is not a particularly complex issue, but it requires a lot of practice (as our artisans say ("if order and coherence preside our work"). We assure you that during the activity you will be able do at least one spinal esparto basket you can take as a souvenir.

The Romans already knew this plant species and valued it for its high strength and durability. Throughout time, people from the countryside have been adding new household uses and different ways of weaving its leaves. In many Andalusian towns domestic life actually revolved around the culture of esparto. Esparto fibers are obtained from various wild plants of grass family. With them, artisans make ropes, sandals, baskets, mops... Unfortunately, in the modern world this material has fallen into disuse and so we highly encourage you to come to know how to work with it before this art disappears.

Information about the craftsman

These two lovely mothers have been friends for many years and they share the passion for the art of working esparto. Proud of their art and their village, they so their best to ensure that this tradition will be maintained in Alanis; they even organized an association around it. They love to teach and tell stories of their land, so they will be delighted to receive you.

Information about the area

Walk around Alanis, a simple village immersed in the Natural Park. If you have time, get to the Castle from the 14th century of Arab origins located on a mound South of the village. Also visit other local spots as the Fountain of Santa Maria and the wrought iron crosses set on stone pedestals in the village.

Find information on festivals and events in Alanis in the following link: http://informacion.alanis.es

Alanis is included in the Natural Park of the Sierra Norte, a mid-mountain area with holm oaks, chestnut groves which alternate with pine and elm forests. It is a nice area for hiking. Some of the best known and signposted routes are: the route of the Via Verde de la Sierra Norte, a former railway line running from the mining town of Cerro del Hierro to the train station Cazalla Los Prados, crossing the beautiful waterfall of Monumento Natural Cascadas del Huéznar.

More information about hiking routes: http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/medioambiente/servtc5/ventana/mostrarFicha.do?idEspacio=7427

It is also a good area for birwatching, and is not difficult to see rare species such as the imperial eagle, golden and Bonelli eagle, the rare black vulture and griffon vulture.Inside the park, spread around several municipalities we can find Moorish castles, churches and chapels that shine at the tops of the mountains, and in Almaden de la Plata you can visit prehistoric remains. The typical products of the area are the wines and anises, artisan sweets, olive oil and Iberian pork derivate products such as jamón serrano, chorizo and nice game meat.

Reservation policies

If cancel or modify up to 24 hours before the date of the activity, no fee will be charged. If you cancel or modify later or if you don´t show, the total price will be charged.

 

Payment methods

Only cash is accepted.

Children policies

Children under the age of 12 are free of charge. Always under parent´s supervision.

Pets policies

Dogs are not accepted in the workshop.

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Learn about esparto (matweed) craft.

Learn about esparto (matweed) craft.

Learn all about the esparto (matweed), its origin, the preparation needed to work with it and the uses that it has.

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Learn about esparto (matweed) craft. - Filomena Franco

Address:

Calle Nueva 40
Alanís, 41380
España

Car:

From Seville take SE-111, take the detour to Cantillana and continue by N-432: pass El Pedroso, Cazalla de la Sierra and follow the signals to Alanís. The workshop is in Calle Nueva 40, Alanís

Public transport:

Bus Linesur. http://www.activagest.com/linesur/

Tlf.:  954 988 222 (Taquilla - Horarios)

Tlf.:  954 988 220 (Oficina)

Encontrarás información sobre fiestas y eventos en Alanís en el siguiente enlace: http://informacion.alanis.es

Pasea por Alanís, un sencillo pueblecito inmerso en el Parque Natural, y si tienes tiempo, acércate a su Castillo del siglo XIV de orígenes árabes situado sobre un montículo al sur de su núcleo de población. Acércate también a otros enclaves como el de la Fuente de Santa María y las cruces de hierro forjado sobre pedestal de piedra tallada que se encuentran en el pueblo.