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platja costa brava mar mediterrani


agulla de fusta per remendar xarxa
malla triangular de nansa cistelleria de mar



Throughout the entire Mediterranean there are now barely a handful of fishermen who still make fishing traps from vegetable fibres. What used to be the most respectful method of sea fishing: passive, selective and with totally biodegradable equipment, is now part of a collection of extinct artisanal trades. This way of working has been replaced by intensive fishing and synthetic materials.

The fishing traps were made at home, during the winter, from plants: rush, cane, willow, olive or tamarisk, which were collected in the surrounding environment. Knowledge of the triangular mesh technique was exclusive to fishermen, always men, and was passed from father to son for generations.

The fishing traps had to be light but firm, because they spent the summer under water. They generally lasted for one season and were replaced by new ones every year. They made it possible to obtain the highest value fish and crustaceans, alive and intact, from the rocky sea floor, where it is impossible to work with traditional nets. The shape of the trap itself, the bell-shaped nansa, the apple-shaped gambina or others (xufanguera, llobreganera, and gavitana, as they are known in Catalan), together with the bait, determined the fish or crustacean that was caught.


Apart from capture traps, other complementary pieces of equipment made using the same technique were used in day-to-day marine life, such as cofes de palangre (longline trays) or vivers (receptacles to keep the crustaceans alive whilst on sale), all together forming the trade of sea basketry, part of the Mediterranean cultural heritage.

Calella de Palafrugell, 60's


làmpada artesanal de vímet feta en tècnica de nansa

Floor lamp GAROINA, willow and nylon string 

làmpada artesanal de paret feta en tècnica de nansa 01

Wall lamp MONTGRÍ, willow and linen string 

làmpada artesanal de paret feta en tècnica de nansa 02
cofa nansa per a decoració rustica

 Tray CONGRE, olive tree and hemp cord 

bossa de platja artesana de vímet feta en tècnica de nansa costa brava
capazo bolso de playa artesano de mimbre y cuero
bossa d'estiu artesanal de vímet mediterrani nansa

Basket bag BEGUR, willow and nylon string


Bag CORCULLA, wild shoots, hemp string, nylon string, leather

nansa mediterrània artesana en una barca llaüt 01

Gambina LLAFRANC, olive tree and linen string

nansa mediterrània artesana en una barca llaüt 02
nansa mediterrània de jonc per pescar a una cala de la costa brava

NANSA of 1.123 knots,  rush, white willow, cane and nylon string 

revister de vimet fet en técnica de la nansa mediterránea masia catalana

Magazine holder MONELLS, white willow, raffia, leather, nylon string 

Làmpara de mimbre decoració mural rústica de masia catalana nansa mediterrània

Mural with light SOL, white willow and hemp string 


Lamp PEIX, willow and nylon string 

 fent una nansa mediterrània artesana



My name is Vyta and I live in a mediaeval village on the Costa Brava.

Although I was born on the shores of the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean has been my home for 20 years now.

As a child I was very fond of manual work, arts and crafts, however, my working life took me on a different path.

Sea basketry helps me to connect with my “manual self” that had been lost whilst living in the city and that I was able to rediscover in my new rural home.

If you like what I do and want to know when I have new items for sale, leave your contact information here:

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Phone +34 617 104488

Vulpellac (Girona)

 tipus de nanses mediterrànies antigues
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