Indigenous Basketry

I’ve been on a couple of museum trips recently – to the V&A museum in London (where I photographed the bats in last week’s post) and yesterday to the World Museum in Liverpool, where there are fantastic examples of indigenous basketry from around the world.  I thought I’d post a few of my favourite photos from the trips, which consist largely of coiled baskets. (European & Celtic baskets are usually made by weaving willows or other materials, whereas many new world baskets and traditional African baskets are primarily coiled baskets – more akin to sewing than to ‘basket weaving’, but nonetheless requiring an astonishing amount of skill.) My favourite by far is the Vancouver Whaler’s Hat – although I love all coiled basketry and marvel at the time and patience required for even the smallest piece (You can take a look at my first coiled basket here – made from Pine Needles – which took me about three hours!) I am really beginning to develop a love for Canadian / First Nations basketry.  Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics!

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