Makhila Ainciart Bergara

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed

Opens at 09:00 am

Useful information

Location : In town

Province : Labourd

Services

  • Open all year round
  • English
    • A traditional Basque stick, the makhila or makila symbolizes a whole way of living, thinking, honoring. Elegant, practical, formidable, decorative and defense object, distinctive sign or walking companion, it is an essential element of Basque sensibility.
      "Makhila" (or makila) means "the stick" in the Basque language.
      A jewel of Basque craftsmanship, the makhila or makila is made by the Ainciart Bergara family in Larressore, a village in the Basque Country.

      Discover the Ainciart Bergara site, the noble manufacturing journey, the ancestral know-how of the only Basque family that has been making makhilas by tradition for 6 generations.

      The makhila factory Ainciart Bergara is located in the center of the village of Larressore, along the main road and on the pediment (Basque pelota playground).

      The house is old. Its name of Killoteia comes from the Basque word which indicates the distaff. It is a former renowned linen weaving workshop but the Ainciart family also made cattails and makhilas there. Only the production of makhila or makila was to survive with Jean Ainciart. In 1926, his daughter Marie-Jeanne married Jean Bergara and the makhila became Ainciart Bergara.

      The workshop of the factory can be visited every day except Sunday and holidays, from 8 to 12 and from 14 to 18 hours (Saturdays: 17h).

      We can attend the different stages of making a makhila on very old workbenches, count the stalks of medlar during drying, examine a photo gallery of artists, politicians or sportsmen who received a makhila made here: Léon Zitrone, Gérard Klein, César, Charlie Chaplin, Chirac, General de Gaulle, Ronald Reagan, Prince Philip, Pope John Paul II, Platini, Cantona, Lizarazu, architect Pei, Nelson Mandela and many others again, including all the presidents of the Republic of Lebrun to Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande.

      You will see there the diploma of Best Worker of France obtained in 1936 by Jean Bergara for the perfect welding of the pommel of the makhilas of honor.
      You can sit there on a zuzulu, listen to all the useful explanations and, of course, touch the medlar wood and try the different models of makhila.
      The workshop is EPV Centenaire et Plus (Living Heritage Company) and their makhila has been listed in the inventory of rare crafts by Unesco.

      OPENING HOURS :

      • closed on Saturday afternoon from January to the end of March
      • open in the morning all year round
      • open in the afternoon from April to December

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Traveller Reviews Makhila Ainciart Bergara

4.8 sur 5 220 reviews

  • frederic delfolse

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by frederic delfolse on 03/08/2022

    Small family art craft workshop to visit absolutely! Start your visit with the small building located at the entrance to the car park. You can see a short film there that will show you all the work required to make a makhila and the passion that drives this family of craftsmen. Then go to the workshop and if you're lucky like me you can spend some time chatting with the grandfather of the family. What passion and what a rich life and above all what incredible encounters all told in the simplest way. Thank you "Armenian" for this moment.

  • Vincent Grosbois

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Vincent Grosbois on 09/08/2022

    What a superb place. Which makes rhyme around this precious art object that is the MAKHILA, the anchored values ​​of a Basque family and an entire country. Many thanks for sharing your passion for work which makes us want at all levels and, among other things, to one day have this wonderful object that I could pass on to my children.

  • Stéphanie Pecriaux

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Stéphanie Pecriaux on 29/06/2022

    Monsieur is passionate, he would talk for hours. to see and visit his studio, the story of this family is brilliant. I recommend.

Traveller Reviews Makhila Ainciart Bergara

4.5 sur 5 55 reviews

  • "Really worth a visit"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by RosB__11 (Alberton, South Africa) on 24/08/2015

    I loved our visit to this Makhila producing family. The skill and love with which each walking stick is crafted was mind boggling, so much so I ordered one for shipping back to South Africa. A true...

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  • "Le Makhila patrimoine artisanal"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by 2nimol (Mirande, France) on 16/05/2022

    Toujours un grand plaisir à visiter cet atelier et à le faire découvrir à nos amis. La prochaine fois j'amène mon livre pour une dédicace !

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  • "contact tel car pas de la region"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by 712jeanjacquesb on 02/11/2021

    je viens de commander aujour d 'hui j'aurais mon Makhila dans 2ans et demi tanpis cela vaut le coup........................

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Makhila Ainciart Bergara

Address

Inthalatzia Ouest
Fronton
64480 Larressore

GPS coordinates

43° 22'5.64"N, 1° 26'24.32"W

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