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Alda Bugeja

Alda Bugeja Weaver
Contact
Maltese, English, Italian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+356 79552907
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The ancestral weaver

  • • Alda Bugeja began weaving when she was 5 years old
  • • She uses traditional tools and techniques
  • • She has been teaching weaving since 1999

Today, master weaver Alda Bugeja is one of the few artisans remaining that is specialised in Malta's traditional weaving craft, for which she was awarded the national award for Achievement in Industry in 2000. Weaving has been a part of Alda’s life since her early childhood years. Watching her mother and older sisters skilfully weave intricate patterns, it did not take her long to start experimenting on her own. She is passionate about preserving this traditional skill while ensuring high quality is preserved, both in the raw materials that are used as well as in the weaving techniques employed. Weaving is one of the oldest crafts that has survived in Malta over thousands of years. For centuries it was one of the main sources of income for rural families across Malta and Gozo, with most families owning their own wooden weaving looms at home that they they would use to weave all their items of clothing and bedding.

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Works

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Knitted and crocheted garments

All these items are different in their design but are all made using raw local sheep’s wool. The benefits of using this wool are endless. It is an eco-friendly material that is warm and very easy to handle and can be used to make any type of clothing. Wool is wonderful for its softness, breathability and insulation. One instantly experiences the difference between natural sheep’s wool and synthetic materials.

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Macramé door curtain

This cotton door curtain was created using the Macramé technique, a form of knitting. Using knots, skills and techniques used to create fishing nets and hunter’s bags, Alda Bugeja creates a rich variety of items such as clothes. Macramé is one of the oldest known techniques of working wool, with evidence suggesting it was used in pre-historic times. Alda has been perfecting this Maltese technique for 50 years.

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Macramé door curtain

Alda Bugeja created this piece when only 7 years old. The unique wall panel, came to life when she first started to work on her macramé skills. The panel has a geometrical pattern but all the squares are with different patterns and knots. Alda’s hands used to bleed because of the hard harsh material used, but still enjoyed making it.

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Cotton pouch

This cotton pouch was created with Alda Bugeja’s students during one of her classes. The principal part of the pouch was created using a crochet technique but the flap that locks the pouch or bag has been made using macramé knots.The cotton used is very soft and good for the texture and feeling.

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Owl

This owl, a wise and intelligent bird, was created to bring good. Alda Bugeja enjoyed making it, creating it with large and very clear pattern. Alda added her personal pattern creations to other common ones. A tree twig was added to create a natural look. She loves to treasure them and still loves to make owls, also creating keychains and bags.

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