How did you discover esparto grass?
María’s grandfather taught us the traditional technique of his family. We were passionate about working with such a fragile material, which comes from a plant, and then building something solid. Our first step was braiding it and we immediately felt that it was our best means of expression.
Does esparto grass link you to nature?
Absolutely. It comes from nature and could return to it once used, without damaging it. Esparto grass belongs to the Mediterranean world, to our landscape and to our culture. It’s a sustainable material with a long life.
© Balikypopoy Espart
What skills are necessary for this craft?
It needs a lot of patience, because production is very slow, totally different from today's way of life. These days everything, in life and in work, demands speed. But we think that a new time will come.
What makes a high quality piece?
Time is crucial, and the fact that every piece is different. Time is precisely what we like the most in our profession: time for every piece to come to life, to evolve from one day to another.