A commune with over 1000 inhabitants and 326 households, Lisa is situated at the foot of the Făgăraş Mountains, in the ancient “Făgăraş County” or “Olt County”, between the Făgăraş Mountains and the Olt River, not far from the Sâmbăta de Sus Monastery.
In addition to the practice of traditional occupations, agriculture and breeding, in the last decades of the XXth century, many people from Lisa worked in the industrial enterprises in the towns of Făgăraş and Victoria. Since 1989 hundreds of young people have been working in the European Union states, especially Italy. Although the aspect of the village and the life styles have been mostly modernized, elements of traditional culture and civilization are still preserved.
Many centuries ago, the peasants from Lisa built various technical plants operated by hydraulic power supplied by the river Lisa that flows alongside the village: mills for flour obtained by grinding the cereal grains, devices for extracting oil from the seeds, sawmills for cutting wood logs, installations for processing thick wooden fabrics as well as distillery boilers for brandy.
From the 19 plants functioning in the 20th century, there are 8 to be seen, 5 of them out of order and 3 still functioning: Greavu Vasile’s mill, Paler Gheorghe’s distilery boiler and Greavu Viorel’s complex at “La Vâltori”.
 In 2000, in the complex “La Vâltori”, placed in Greavu Viorel’s household, there was a whole complex of “straie” (thick woolen fabric used for bed clothes and as covers), functioning finishing installations, made up of “the wool processing basket” and the “thickening basket”, operated by electric power as welll as a transmission system with iron wheels and belts, only the “whirlpool basket” being hydraulically operated.
The ”straie” processing complex owned by the Greavu family has been working for over a century, being transmitted as a legacy over three generations: the owner nowadays, Greavu Viorel, learned the craft from his father, Greavu Victor, who had learned it from his father, Greavu Toma.

 

In the same year 2000, the rehabilitation project of the ”straie” processing complex was financed through a partnership between the Piemont region in Italy and the Braşov Country Council, agreed under the patronage of the EU programme ”Montana – Civilization of a Lost World”.
The project aims at making the traditional plant function in a new construction and thus to combine the local constructing tradition with new facilities permitting the integration of the complex in the cultural tourism circuit. 
A new workshop for processing blankets was consequently thought; it was built of wood logs and shingle roof; the equipment was moved and the new technological circuit is explained by Greavu Viorel. 
The approach was focused on preserving the traditional equipment and techniques, which were reintroduced in a new context of high authenticity potential. 
The construction of the workshop was completed using only local traditional materials, tools, techniques and skillful handicraftsmen. The hydro technical and technological arrangements consisted in repairing the draining canal, manufacturing and installing the hydraulically wheel – including transmitting movement to the installation – and systematization of the area (improving the access roads, parking spaces and parks).
For further integration of the spot into the tourist circuit, the project has stipulated the construction of a footbridge over the pond, the water wheels and the whirlpool baskets, facilitating visits and a general view of the entire complex.
The terrace is a protected area for the tourists, having specific facilities: tables and benches for resting, a place for preparing some pastry products, natural juices etc as well as a commercial space for exhibiting and selling fabrics and traditional woolen products.
In Lisa almost all women have woven ”straie” and woolen fabrics, an ancient local legacy, learning the secrets of this craft from the elder women in the commune. This activity has been encouraged by breeding “ţurcane” sheep, characteristic for this area at the foot of the mountain.
Tătaru Elena is one of the women from Lisa who are still practicing the ancient craft of ”straie” weaving. The so called “cergi” in the northern part of the country, the “straie” are thick fabrics, woven on the loom and finished with the whirlpool and the thickening basket. These pieces of fabrics with double function (utilitarian and decorative) became traditional because they were omnipresent in young girls’ dowry, indicating the wealth and talent of the girl who had woven it, representing an example of survival of a traditional craft in the mountains of the Olt County.