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Baskets

Basketry is probably the oldest and most wide-spread craft and art developed by the American Indians. Baskets can be made from many kinds of materials, but generally plant stems, either whole or split, are used. In some cases the stems or stalks are peeled for the bark or interior fibers, or root fibers and leaves and grass stems are used. Baskets can be woven out of almost anything, but it requires great skill and much knowledge. The roots, stems, bark, leaves and flowers of different plants produce the broad range of colors in most baskets. Identical plant materials gathered in different seasons may produce different colors. Some basketmakers used commercial dyes to obtain colors not available from plants or to alter or intensify the effects produced by vegetal material. But most basketmakers today prefer to produce their colors in traditional ways or experiment with plants near their homes. Basketmakers must be knowledgeable about which plants in their area are suitable for the kind of baskets the maker intends to create and the colors desired: where they grow, their special properties, the best season to gather them, and how they must be processed and stored. This kind of knowledge is passed down from one generation to the next.
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  1. Miniature horsehair basket with butterflies by Elizabeth Juan (Tohono O'odham)
  2. Miniature horsehair basket by Elizabeth Juan (Tohono O'odham)

    Miniature horsehair basket by Elizabeth Juan (Tohono O'odham)

    Price:
    $1,200.00
    Item #61183186
    E. JUAN HORSEHA Learn More
  3. Miniature sifter by an unknown artist (Hopi)

    Miniature sifter by an unknown artist (Hopi)

    Price:
    $50.00
    Item #141175416
    BASKET HOPI SIF Learn More
  4. Burden basket by Sharilyn Russell (Apache)

    Burden basket by Sharilyn Russell (Apache)

    Price:
    $125.00
    Item #61181839
    S. RUSSELL BURD Learn More
  5. c. 1920 four petal blossom basket by an unknown artist (Apache)
  6. Basket by an unknown artist (Apache)

    Basket by an unknown artist (Apache)

    Price:
    $2,200.00
    Item #141173981
    BASKET 140722-0 Learn More
  7. c. 1900 basket by an unknown artist (Apache)

    c. 1900 basket by an unknown artist (Apache)

    Price:
    $6,500.00
    Item #141177054
    BASKET APACHE Learn More
  8. c. 1930s Man in the Maze miniature basket by an unknown artist (Pima)
  9. c. 1930 Man in the Maze miniature basket by an unknown artist (Pima)
  10. Sifter basket by Erica Talayumptewa (Hopi)

    Sifter basket by Erica Talayumptewa (Hopi)

    Price:
    $265.00
    Item #61181847
    E. TALAYUMPTEWA Learn More
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