Work Basket

About this object

History of use

This burden basket or work basket can be differentiated from a berry basket by its shape - specifically the angle of its sides. Sto:lo basket makers note that baskets used for berry picking have sharply angled sides to distribute the weight of the berries on top and prevent crushing of those on the bottom. By contrast, work baskets have less sharply defined sides and a more rounded appearance.

Cultural context

basketry; utilitarian

Physical description

Rectangular coiled work (with bifurcated stitches). Elongated watch spring construction. Imbricated designs of vertical rows of small rectangles with red and dark cherry bark. Repeated indents and coil protrusions on rim indicate there may have been a loop work border. Red beading along very bottom edge.