Hege Iren Aasdal is a Norwegian basketmaker with a great interest in basket traditions and local materials. She is specializing in harvesting materials from local sources and interested in bringing the knowledge about the materials and the techniques forward to new generations.
She has been a research fellow at the Norwegian Handcraft Institute for 3 years and have been researching the traditional basketry of Norway.
She have found a great abundance and diversity in the baskets made around the country. There are many different weaving techniques used in different parts of Norway, and a great creativity within those techniques. These traditions are almost extinct, very few people know the weaving techniques and the preparing of the materials today.
The diversity of the materials used and the creativity of the weaving techniques are amazing!