Amish Baskets Are For Every Purpose

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Baskets are a versatile, natural decor accent that can be woven in many styles and materials. From wicker to metal wire, seagrass to rattan, baskets can be used to store garden vegetables and laundry or serve as fruitful cornucopias for Thanksgiving.

What country made baskets?

They’re also heirloom pieces of domestic artistry. Start collecting heirloom baskets from your favorite artisans today!

Master basket weaver Alice Ogden doesn’t buy her materials; she hunts swamps to harvest a fast-growing black ash and then pounds the trunk to make splints. Ogden’s heirloom-quality vessels are as much about form as function: Nested sets hold towels, blankets, and throws; minis with attached lids keep jewelry tucked away in a nook; open-weave tubs reveal enticing shapes. Source :

A basket can be made in a variety of ways, most commonly by coiling, twining, or plaiting. Coiling combines whipstitching and weaving in one of several patterns, resulting in an interwoven checkerboard effect; twining uses two or more warp threads or bundles of grasses to make a single, tightened foundation; plaiting uses a series of warp and weft elements to create a looser, wavy look.

When it comes to buying Native American baskets, a little knowledge can go a long way toward finding the right piece. For example, some collectors seek out baskets from specific tribes or regions, while others collect only one type of basket.

A thorough survey of baskets, as well as comparisons with non-Native products, is featured in American Indian Baskets: Building and Caring for a Collection (2013, Schiffer Publishing). This acclaimed book offers more than 250 traditional selections, accompanied by authentic stories from Native Americans who weave them into “grandmother’s basket tales.” The authors’ earlier book, “Indian Baskets,” has been praised as “the bible of Indian basket studies.” More than 280 handsome, historic photographs celebrate the beauty of this traditional art.