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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. c. 1980 eagle basket by Angeline Ramon (Tohono O'odham)

    c. 1980 eagle basket by Angeline Ramon (Tohono O'odham)

    Price:
    $465.00
    Item #61154356
    A. RAMON BASKET Learn More
  2. c.1970's wicker basker by an unknown artist (Hopi)

    c.1970's wicker basker by an unknown artist (Hopi)

    Price:
    $500.00
    Item #61161799
    BASKET WICKER C Learn More
  3. "Blossom" coil basket by Pauline Quiyo (Hopi)

    "Blossom" coil basket by Pauline Quiyo (Hopi)

    Price:
    $465.00
    Item #61169164
    P. QUIYO HOPI B Learn More
  4. Coil basket by an unknown artist (Hopi)

    Coil basket by an unknown artist (Hopi)

    Price:
    $450.00
    Item #141165013
    BASKET HOPI COI Learn More
  5. Miniature positive/negative basket by Elizabeth Juan (Tohono O'odham)
  6. Miniature butterflies basket by Elizabeth Juan (Tohono O'odham)
  7. Miniature man in the maze basket by Elizabeth Juan (Tohono O'odham)
  8. Miniature 6-point squash basket by Elizabeth Juan (Tohono O'odham)
  9. Miniature horsehair basket by Elizabeth Juan (Tohono O'odham)
  10. Lidded basket by an unknown artist (Makah)

    Lidded basket by an unknown artist (Makah)

    Price:
    $425.00
    Item #141169146
    MAKAH LIDDED BA Learn More
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