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Chistera Onena - Chat and Comparison
Chistera Onena - Chat and Comparison
TitleChistera Onena - Chat and Comparison
PhotographerGuy Urien, Zup-Photo (2, avenue Jouandin, Haut de Sainte-Croix, Bayonne (Baiona), France
Summary/DescriptionWorkers stopping momentarily to chat and compare the curvature of their product to an existing mold. The use of the txistéra (chistera, cesta) in zesta punta (cesta-punta, jai alai) is attributed to Jean Dithurbide. Prior to 1857, the wicker basket used in his modification was traditionally used to pick grapes. It became popular because it reduces player fatigue in handball associated with the use of traditional heavy leather gloves and allows participants to hurl the ball faster and farther with less effort. The game held a Guinness World Record for the fastest ball speed (302 km/h, 188 mph) from 1979-2009. The manufacture of a txistéra requires 20-25 hours per basket. The Gonzalez family factory, pictured here, was established in 1887 and is the only one of its kind in France. It has been passed from one generation to the next through patrilineal inhereitance.
LocationAnglet, France
CollectionBasque Photographs Collection
Ordering and Permissions InformationNot to be reproduced without permission. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission information, please contact the Basque Library.
Electronic PublisherBasque Library, University of Nevada, Reno
Resource TypeImage
File Namebsqaph0003-02-28.tif
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno

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