Willow Traditional Cyntell BasketWelsh Otter
Available to order with 4 working day delivery in the UK.
Justine of West Wales Willows grows her own willow in West Wales. She hand weaves this beautiful baskets using a mixture of dark and light willows, to create a stunning piece.
- The Cyntell is a traditional Welsh framed basket which was used around the farm for many purposes such as for carrying animal feed, vegetables, kindling, and even for sleeping babies (for large baskets!)
- The willow is first stripped and soaked. The cyntell is then formed around a thick, dried hoop, with split and shaped wooden ribs, which together form the frame which is interwoven with willow.
- This basket uses a stunning mix of pale and dark willows, to create a beautiful striped effect
- A great size for a variety of uses- including as a fruit bowl, a serving bowl, for flower cuttings, fruit gathering, or kindling; or used for display to bring texture and interest to a room.
- Basket making is one of the oldest crafts in the world, and a centuries old tradition in Wales, where the climate is optimal for willow growing
Willow trees ("withies") have for a long time been part of the local flora, as is mirrored in local place names like "Withybush".
- Dimensions: Diameter 26cm x 28cm, Height 15cm
- Delivery: Please allow four working days
About the maker: Established in 2000, West Wales Willows is run by Justine and Alan Burgess. They grow their own willow on their small holding in Carmarthenshire, from which they weave their beautiful baskets, garden accessories and heritage items. They also offer willow weaving workshops. The climate in West Wales is ideal for willow plants - enough moisture all year round, intermingled with periods of glorious sunshine and blue sky, giving the willows what they need to grow into lovely strong rods. In 2019, they were awarded National Plant Collection status for Salix/Willow by Plant Heritage. They are a member of the Heritage Crafts Association and the Basketmakers’ Association.