Willow weaving master class

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Artur Petrosyan skillfully creates unique woven shapes by using glass bottles and other objects. (Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia Program)

Historically, willow basket weaving was an important craft in Vayots Dzor, where willow trees line the Arpa River. Today, master basket weaver Artur Petrosyan still softens and bends willow branches and then weaves them into beautiful objects. In this workshop, Artur teaches visitors the techniques of basket weaving. After explaining the history of willow basket weaving in Armenia, Artur guides visitors through the process of making a willow wine bottle holder, basket, or dish.

Visitors are provided with a half-finished piece of work and taught how to finish it at home. This fun and interactive workshop is offered at the Muse restaurant in Yeghegnadzor and can also be organized anywhere in the region (including local hotels, wineries, or another location of your choice).

11 Khanjyan Street, Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor marz

Since these creations are made out of so few materials, Artur and his workshop can meet you anywhere in Vayots Dzor marz.

Photo by Armen Gasparyan, My Armenia Program

Artur Petrosyan gives hands-on expertise for his visitors, who can make their choice of souvenir to take home.

Photo by Armen Gasparyan, My Armenia Program

The stiff willow branches are first soaked and softened so that they can be bent into designs.

Photo by Armen Gasparyan, My Armenia Program

A visitor makes progress on their willow-weaving project.

Photo by Armen Gasparyan, My Armenia Program

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