Miniature 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. 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

Small oblong-shaped cradle with plastic doll wrapped up in shredding cedar bark. Cradle has arched handle attached to one side. Skin strips attach to handle and opposite end of the cradle. Cradle is decorated with alternating sections of diagonally stitched white cedar root and cherry bark around its perimeter. The lower portion of the cradle has evenly spaced checkered sections of white cedar root and cherry bark.