Basketry Tray

About this object

History of use

Coiled basketry traditionally had many uses. It was used for storage of foods, medicines and personal belongings. Some baskets were used for cooking and boiling water, while others had more private uses. Haeberlin and Teit (1928) suggest that in the past not all women were basket makers, but that the skill became more widespread during the early and middle twentieth century when basketry was highly collectible and it became a source of income for many local First Nations women. Basket making declined after the 1950s, but it is still present in many Coast Salish communities and interest is growing.

Physical description

Tan basketry tray with cedar slat foundation and cedar root coiled elements and a handle at either end. Decorated with beading in bullrush with red and black cherry bark. Simple interlocking coiled work (bifurcated stitches). Parallel slat construction. Braided loop work border and reinforcement at the sides. Design consists of alternating red and black chevrons on a light yellow background.