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.