Basketry Cradle

About this object

History of use

Basketry cradles are thought to be of relatively recent origin by some basketry experts, such as Andrea Laforet of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. They may first have appeared in the late 1800s or early 1900s. In the early to mid 20th Century basket makers began expanding their reportoire of shapes and styles for collectors, and many new forms were seen including tea cups, tables, suitcases, and hand bags to name a few.

Cultural context

basketry; children

Physical description

Black coiled cedar root cradle with a splint rim decorated with beading in red cherry bark with four stitches showing and one under. The bottom half of the sides have a series of beaded chevrons in red cherry bark and cat-tail grass. The top of the sides have very fine beading in a staggered chevron pattern and also with a small three diagonal design near the end. The foot end is undecorated. Interlocking coiled work and bifurcated stitches with parallel slat base construction (splint row at base). Splint overcast rim has beading. The slats are quite large, almost 1 inch wide.