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basketry,

art of weaving or coiling and sewing flexible materials to form vessels or other commodities. The materials used include twigs, roots, strips of hide, splints, osier willows, bamboo splits, cane or rattan, raffia, grasses, straw, and crepe paper. Discoveries in the W United States indicate that the use of clay-covered baskets for cooking probably led to making pottery, while in the Andaman Islands pottery was evidently made first. In Egypt baskets used for storing grain in 4000 or 5000 B.C. have been excavated. The tombs of Etruria have yielded ancient specimens, and these, as well as much later Roman baskets, display weaving strokes still in use. Basketry has been employed by primitive peoples for rude huts, which they daubed with clay, and for articles of dress and adornment, granaries, traps, boats, cooking utensils, water vessels, and other utilities. There are two types of baskets—woven and coiled or sewn—but variety is afforded by the many different strokes, forms, and methods of decoration. There are many large commercial basket-weaving establishments, but basketry is still a popular home industry and is taught in schools and as occupational therapy in hospitals.
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Contemporary Native voices enrich discussions of materials and technologies and bring to life the many functions basketry has served and continues to serve.
While learning basketry and business skills, Cecile also had sessions with a psychologist and social worker They helped her understand she was responsible for herself and creating her own income-generating business.
Ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions this exhibit is intended to show a broad view, both traditional and sculptural, of contemporary basketry in the United States.
Basketry, this "humblest of crafts" (Sentance 2001), which "we do not hold in high esteem" (Levi-Strauss 1993), certainly reaches back in the history of mankind for at least 10,000 years (Adovasio 1977), and probably much longer.
Ascertained botanically in 1843, Muhly Grass Basketry has been handed down through generations, introduced into the low country in South Carolina.
Melinda Ebert (1977) highlights the economic value of basketry among the Basarwa men and women in Botswana.
MERSyN (CyHAN)- Basketry, a traditional source of income using straw, cane or corn stalk in Turkey falls into oblivion with plastic and more economic baskets in the southern province of Mersin's Silifke district.
Woven Identities: Basketry Art of Western North America
The 31-year-old artist taught two groups of young Leytenos how to make wire angels, a craft that was rooted in his basketry skill.
Program Birch bark basketry, presented by Elaine Moe, 2 p.m.
In addition to needlework, the book looks at metalwork (jewelry and copper/brass decorative arts), furniture, basketry, photography, Deerfield pottery, weaving, netting and tufted work, and wrought iron.
Particuarly Oliver Doherty's intrinsic woven pieces which would have been right at home in Balmain's SS13 "Basketry" collection.