Two thirteen programme series about craft making in the Maltese Islands filmed between 1995 and 1996
There has for many centuries been a tradition of crafts and craft making in the Maltese Islands. The quality of filigree work, lace making (only in fact introduced to the islands in the 19th century) pottery and glass blowing have all achieved recognition far beyond the confines of the Maltese Archipelago. This series of thirty minute videos records in detail the old crafts of Malta, some of which are now extinct.
The programmes provide a unique record and a valuable source of filmed material for those interested in old crafts and the way they were executed. The subjects covered in the series include traditional guitar construction, lace making,
pottery, canework, the production of salt, the making of traditional breadloaves, glass making, the miller, the restorer of antique paintings, gold and silver filigree, guilding and the creation of clay figurines.
The series was researched and produced by the late George Mifsud Chircop while Alvin Scicluna filmed and directed the programmes. Today, this material, filmed in 1995 and 1996, is considered prime archive footage since most of the protagonists as well as the crafts featured in the programmes, exist no longer...