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Ollolai girls once went to pick asphodels even far from their town, in the area of Mt. Gonare, on the San Cosimo plateau, at Olzai, Ottana, or on Monte Mannu at Sorgono.
Bunches were put to soak in streams, held down with stones, apperdihaos.
You could often see asphodel scattered on town streets to dry.
The work was tiring and meticulous: women got up at dawn and, seated on a stool and with a knife nearby to prepare sas’orrias, wove until sunset.
The finished product was consigned to a peddler, su viazzante, who travelled around the island on horseback selling his goods to the cry of: A chie si leada corbulas e canisteddasaaa!! (Who needs baskets?)