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Alda’s Traditional Hand Weaving

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Alda Bugeja is the prime weaver on the Maltese islands. Weaving is one of the oldest crafts in the Maltese Archipelago. For many centuries weaving remained an important industry in these Islands. Every family had its loom and every member of the family gave his share of work in this craft, men planted and harvested cotton, children helped in washing the local sheep’s wool and women worked on the looms. The Maltese national costume is entirely made from hand woven material. Presently very few weavers still operate and produce unique pieces of woven crafts.

Alda has opted to continue using traditional equipment and methods while spinning the sheep’s wool, preparing the warp and weaving. She has diversified her products’ design, using different types of yarn, colours and weaving techniques.

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