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Posted 5 years ago


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Pictured is the reverse (bottom view) of the Apache coil basket that I recently posted. Using a stereo microscope I have been able to determine that the coils are formed on a base of 4 or 5 thin reeds The wrap reeds are then tightly coiled around the center reeds. When the wrap reed ends it is cut off and a new wrap is begun. It is almost impossible to see where the wrap reeds sart and end. They appear to be just one long wrap. Using a microscope I can see the ends . All the reeds seem to be the same thickness. The black may be dyed or some other type of wood.
Reeds do not appear to be grass but wood.
I presume that it is done while the reeds are wet. The construction is very dense and stiff. I have been advised to never pick it up by the edge but use 2 hands and pick it up from the sides.
The construction is so dense that I have always picked it up by the sides. It is so dense and tight that it appears that it could hold water.


  1. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 5 years ago
    Thanks for placing a pic of the other side. You have a really great basket there!
  2. Kollector, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the comment. The bottom is more representative of the true color.
  3. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 5 years ago
    The bottom always shows better colors, as they are more protected from the sunlight. Thanks again for showing it :)
  4. Kollector, 5 years ago
    Thank You Tlynnie
    Best Regards

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