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Daniel Benibghi

  • L’Oseraie
  • Basketweaver
  • Vallabrègues, France
  • Master Artisan
Daniel Benibghi Basketweaver
Contact
French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+33 466591870
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Upholding a local tradition

  • • Daniel produces his own wicker
  • • A skilful artist, he can also weld and work with leather
  • • He has collaborated with Christian Lacroix

Basketry wasn’t always Daniel Benibghi’s calling in life. He started as a welder and later came up with the idea of designing a fishing basket in order to fish with his grandfather. He liked it enough to go on to study at the French National School of Wicker Production and Basketry in Fayl-Billot. He then started making baskets in his cellar and selling them in markets all over the Isère region. Today, he is a 'survivor'; the only basketmaker still practising in Vallabrègues, he is the living memory of an activity that used to make this little town in Provence shine. At the height of production, it counted up to 400 basketmakers. Today, Daniel feels privileged to perpetuate this tradition and bring it up to date.

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Domed 'Marseillaise' suitcase

This small white wicker suitcase is based on the design of a traditional suitcase used for travelling on boats often leaving from the port in Marseille, hence the name. This traditional design is popular with those who want a fashion accessory that will contrast with their contemporary attire. Larger examples can also be used to transport small pets.

Length 25 cm
Width 15 cm
Height 15 cm

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Round panier

This round basket, made from raw and white wicker, was traditionally used for harvesting fruit and is known in some parts of France as a cherry basket. Fruit pickers were traditionally paid by the basket so the baskets all had to be the same size to ensure fair pay. Today, its size makes it ideal for a number of purposes, from shopping to picking fruit.

Diameter 16.5 cm
Height 20 cm
Diameter 25 cm

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Tote

The design for this handmade wicker basket was inspired by vintage baskets used on days out to the beach. The basket is still ideal for this use but can also be used for many other purposes such as storing magazines. The handles can be made from leather.

Length 40 cm
Width 20 cm
Height 30 cm

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Messenger

This white wicker basket, inspired by the traditional form of a fishing basket, can also be used as a bicycle basket or for mushroom picking, picnic transport etc.

Length 38 cm
Width 20 cm
Height 25 cm

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Oval basket

The method of hand weaving this multi-purpose basket is very old. Known as crocane, the technique results in a particularly sturdy basket. It can be made in various sizes and with different patterns.

Length 45 cm
Width 35 cm
Height 25 cm

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