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Corsican Basketry in Calenzana: Handmade Wicker Basket Manufacturing

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Discover the handwoven wicker basket at the Corsican Basketry of Calenzana near Calvi. Baskets made of wicker, olive, or myrtle available for online purchase. Annick welcomes you all year round with also beginner workshops and offers two holiday rentals (studio and apartment).

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Established in Balagne since 1992 after several seasonal jobs and a stint in retail, Annick Rony discovered basketry through meeting a shepherd from Lumio. A starting point for a new profession and expertise that would give a whole new meaning to her life.

The Calenzana basketry was born in 2002, the workshop is located at the entrance of the village of Calenzana where Annick has been crafting a variety of creations for 19 years:

  • Woven wicker basket
  • Lucette Baskets
  • Wood or log baskets with one or two handles
  • Wicker basket, used as a bread basket or fruit basket
  • Trivets
  • Bathroom storage trays
  • Flat or curved trays
  • Mounts for dame-Jeanne, large capacity bottles (water, wine, oil)
  • Bird feeder
  • Lampshade
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Rolling Storage Basket

To meet a customer's request, Annick created a custom-made rolling storage basket in June 2021.

She also fulfilled an order in 2022 for the biscuit factory E Fritelle de Calenzana, with wicker baskets designed exclusively for the biscuit factory.

Eco-friendly and Sustainable Manufacturing in Wicker - Myrtle - Olive

The artisanal basketry uses wicker as well as myrtle or olive. Only wicker cultivated in osieries is imported from the mainland, while other plants are sourced from the island. An artisanal basket made of myrtle has the pleasant feature that when scratched, it releases a good scent of myrtle, throughout its lifespan.

The Natural Colors of Wicker

Wicker comes from several varieties of trees or shrubs belonging to the willow family (white, brown, red or purple, yellow, green willows), offering a wide range of colors that are distinctly visible on the baskets. When referring to white wicker, purple wicker, green, or yellow wicker, it refers to their plant origin. These materials in their raw color do not require any varnish or paint, 100% natural.

The Manufacturing Steps

Creation takes time and goes through three steps: the gathering of plant materials, their preparation, and the weaving.

At the right season and moon, stems of myrtle and olive are freshly cut with pruning shears then defoliated to keep only the stick which is left to dry. The length of its branches will determine the size of the final object. They must then be immersed in water for a week to soften them and make them workable. Once removed from the water, there’s no time to lose as after drying, they take their final position.

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Custom Manufacturing

The traditional Corsican Basketry has a good number of objects already made and displayed in the workshop. Custom creations can also be made. You can choose the colors, shape, and size of your basket or any other object. Several types of wood can be used to bring different colors, shades, create a base or a handle with the characteristics unique to the material used. Considering the time needed, especially for the preparation of the plants, it takes between 2 to 3 weeks for a custom creation.

Since 2017, Annick has developed a range where she adds ornaments, colored beads, and accessories to brighten her creations and add a decorative touch.

Lasting a Lifetime

Chair Restoration

An artisanal trade by definition that dates back to the dawn of agriculture, basketry is an age-old skill that has changed little, with each step being carried out by hand, from gathering to weaving. The creations that leave the workshop are made to last over time, for decades, being passed from generation to generation. They are as much decorative objects as they are useful items, both light and sturdy.

It is worth noting that baskets from the Calenzana Basketry can be found at the Nonza grocery store, and participated in the Montbéliard 2017 Christmas Market.

Cane Chair Restoration

Since 2020, your Calenzana Basketry also offers to restore your cane chairs or woven chairs.

Workshop Visit and Beginner Workshop

Annick invites you to visit her workshop where you will witness the manufacturing process itself.

Basketry Workshop (by reservation)

Beginner workshops lasting half a day are also offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, at the end of which, apprentice basket makers will leave with their own wicker basket.

The workshop runs from 9 am to 12 pm in the morning, and from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the afternoon. The price of a workshop is 42 euros per person, materials are provided on site.

The workshops are by reservation, at least 3 days in advance, to allow the necessary soaking time to work the myrtle

Mini Villa Rental - Furnished Tourism Accommodation

Annick rents two Furnished Tourism accommodations of Gîte and Apartment type, 10 minutes from Calvi and at the entrance to Calenzana. Rated 4.8/5 for 392 experiences for the Mini Villa on Air Bnb (do not pay attention to the Calvi locality), and 4.92/5 in 131 experiences for the apartment on Air Bnb.

Rates for the 2 rentals

Low seasonHigh season
Mini Villa48€65€
Apartmentclosed75€
Breakfast7€

Independent Mini Villa - 2 People - All Year Round

This functional small house is a comfortable independent studio with a large bed and bathroom. It is located next to Annick's garden, who also sells her vegetables and eggs. A 20m² rental ideal for a couple, (sheets and towels provided), clothes drying rack.

Rental available all year round with heating / reversible air conditioning, private parking terrace, and Weber barbecue at your disposal. You will find the list of available services below.

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Bedroom

1 Double Bed
Wifi
TV
Reversible Air Conditioning

Bathroom

Italian Shower
Sink
Toilet
Hair Dryer
Washing Machine
Individual Soap & Shampoo

Kitchen

Microwave Oven
Gas Stove
Coffee Maker
Salt, Pepper, Tea
Dish Soap, Dish Towels

Exterior

Private Parking
Backyard, Garden
Outdoor Lounge

Apartment - 4 People

This apartment also offers all the necessary comfort with a large terrace, garden furniture, and barbecue. With a large bed and a convertible sofa, for a capacity of 4 people (possibility to add a baby bed), available all year except winter.

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Bedroom

1 Double Bed
Wifi
TV
Reversible Air Conditioning
Convertible Sofa

Bathroom

Italian Shower
Sink
Toilet
Hair Dryer
Individual Soap, Shampoo
Washing Machine - Clothes Drying Rack

Kitchen

Microwave Oven
Gas Stove
Coffee Maker, Toaster
Refrigerator, Freezer
Salt, Pepper, Tea, Dish Soap, Dish Towels

Exterior

Private Parking
Backyard, Garden
Outdoor Lounge

Address and Contacts

Phone06 75 02 83 80
EmailSend an Email to Vannerie Tradition Corse
AddressRoute de Calenzana, lieu-dit Pian d'Aregno, 20214 Calinzana
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