Monday, August 22, 2011

Sardinian Weaving

In the small comune of Ulassai in the south-east part of Sardinia among the mountains and cliffs there is a small hand-weaving workshop called Su Marmuri next to the Stazione d'Arte Museum which features many of the art works of a Sardinian artist named Maria Lai (you can see some of her art in this YouTube video).

The hand-weaving workshop features many of Maria Lai's artwork designs in their weaving...

and their signage! These little goats show up in many things.

Sardinian hand-weaving is really different, they make little bumps of thread by inserting a metal rod so that when the rod is pulled out only the bump of thread is left to form designs...

The rods are not the whole width of the weaving so many must be used together, it is a painstaking and time-consuming method but the results are very attractive!

Whether there are more than one colour used or just tone on tone, this method is striking:

I got a couple of hand-towels with Maria Lai's goats on them and a peacock patterned one which can be seen here.

After the visit to the museum and the hand-weaving studio, we visited Maria Lai herself but I'll save that story for another day.


  1. Very interesting, thank you!
    The same technique is used in Calabria, in traditional weaving in Longobucco!

  2. Interesting! The same technique is used in Finland aswell, under the name "helmipoiminta" which directly translated to english would mean pearl-picking, quite nice as white-on-white this looks like small pearls :)

  3. thank you for this amazing post. hugs

  4. che bello il tuo blog! Se solo conoscessi l'inglese... :-)))