Behind the scenes "Silence ça pousse" (FR) on France 5 broadcast
Discovery of the natural rush fields in the Ribatejo. In fact, they are deserted old rice fields in which the rush grows in the wild without any human intervention.
Old rice fields means a lot of moisture. Actually, the rush grows in 20 to 30cm of water. We'll have to put on boots to be able to capture some images.
Nuno's parents (below her mother) are still working and take part in the cleaning and sizing of the rush stems after drying and before dyeing.
All parts of the bags are weaved on an old traditional and manually operated loom made of simple wooden beams.