Basket

About this object

History of use

Basketry filled a vital need as containers for storage domestic use and transportation of goods. Some had multiple uses; others were made for specific functions. After European contact, used for trade and sale items. Forms have been altered to meet European tastes. Basketry making was and is a women's art.

Cultural context

domestic storage; cooking; transport

Specific techniques

Techniques used on base are 2 ply z-twist twining, begun with warps radiating from a central point. Wefts added as needed for diameter. Walls are of 2 ply z-twist twining, with 2 decorative bands. Techniques used are substituting of red dyed strand for ordinary element (creating a jog that is higher on the left) to form band and false embroidery of yellow diagonal diamond-shaped designs. Rim created by bending the warps to the right and down and secured with a single row of 3 ply twining.

Physical description

Light brown, cylindrical woven basket with a round base. Basket has two red-brown horizontal bands with a yellow design in false embroidery. Walls flare out slightly. Each red-brown band is approximately 1.5 cm. wide and has thirteen yellow diagonal diamond-shaped designs.