Basket weaving
As one of the Cretans' time-honoured arts, basket weaving led to the creation of many artefacts, whether of a practical or purely decorative nature.

Working with cane, flexible branches and occasionally corn stalks as their main raw material, basket weavers used great dexterity to make baskets of all shapes and sizes (kofes, kofinia and paneria) for transporting and storing harvested produce such as grapes, olives and figs, as well as in cheese making, in which shepherds set the soft white cheese called myzithra in baskets known as toupia.

A basket weaver at work (Ioannis M. Tzanis Collection)
Baskets used for making myzithra
Straw baskets being woven
Basket weaver selling his wares (Nelly's, Benaki Museum, Athens)
Straw baskets of various types and designs (Yiannis Harkoutsis)
Basket used to carry grapes, 2005