Posted 10 months ago
This is my newest basket, a sewing basket made with natural splints from the Ash tree and woven with braided sweet grass. The basket measures 9 inches in diameter and 4 inches in height. It has a patina that has turned the basket color from white splints and green sweet grass into a honey gold and it is beautiful.
I usually go for much smaller baskets, but this one stood out to me based on the finial and weave and I bought it for less than 30 dollars. The finial/handle is a piece of wide Ash splint woven into a bow , really nice touch. I have not seen many baskets that have that type of finial, but because of that and the design I am saying this basket was made by a member of the Eastern Woodlands Mohawk tribe. I am pretty sure I am correct on this, but if anyone has an opinion as to who created this I would be grateful for the comment. I saw a couple pictures of other baskets that were very much alike in the finial and weave and were all natural with no dyed colors, that were made by Mary Adams, but I can't say it was made by her for sure. This was not made recently at all, otherwise the splints would be much whiter.
Enjoy the pics :)