le Chistera

It was in 1857 that John DITHURBIDE (Gantxiki says) had the idea to replace the heavy leather gloves used to play Basque pelota in a wicker basket that was used to picking grapes. Lighter it can send the ball faster without tiring, was born on Chistera.
A production plant opened in Ascain in 1862 and was in Espelette we saw the first appearance of chisteras.
There is one family in France who since 1887 in Bayonne Anglet and then continues making chistera knowledge passed from father to son.
          It all starts in the forest by choosing strict parts chestnut about 8 cm, cut at the waning moon and then dried.
The chestnut tree is the tree that combines flexibility, strength and is resistant to insects. It takes the longitudinal avoiding heart and sapwood. Work of bending and sizing of the frame creates chistera.
The sides that will give shape to the hull, are cut into strips, rods previously bent in chestnut and planed to shape and size that differ according to their place.
They are an odd number (a central plate and six pairs of side blades) for split osier intersect during braiding.
The formation of the shell is so precisely adapted to the morphology and style of play of joueur.Avant braiding, split osier are carefully targeted in width with a clearance plane, and in thickness from in a blade returned.
The sides are moistened to have more flexibilities needed during braiding can ask from 10 to 12 hours and use 100 to 140 sides.
A total of 20 to 25 hours of labor per unit, spread over the different seasons of the year to achieve a unique, emblematic of the Basque country and its traditions.
Rule of the game
          There are two types of chistera:
The little-known chistera Joko Garbi (clean game), which keeps the original gesture in receiving the tip and the stimulus in the same movement, gives a quick game.
The large-chistera, bigger, curved, with a deeper pocket that keeps the ball a few seconds to straighten its course and return with much more power.
The battle was fierce between the advocates of small and large chistera. The latter having more power and returning back to more than 70m from the wall, is very popular outside of the Basque Country. Our best ambassadors have been Chiquito de Cambo, who gave his name on the facade of Paris. {Tooltip} {end} Small text-end-chistera {tooltip}
The large glove is played on the pediments free space, but today this specialty suffers because right out of the teen's best players headed for the cesta-punta and the world of Paris.
The cesta punta is played with a great glove, but in an indoor facility from 56 to 64m, called Jai Alai (Thurs cheerful). Specialty invented in Brazil, apparently, because saying "play with the Brazilian" at the beginning.
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