Baskets have been around in one format
or another forever. They're and always have been a global product, both
globally designed and produced and globally sold and utilized. Many of the
baskets that you see in stores in the United States are imported; the
workmanship is completed in China or Nigeria or any other number of
And probably no product has been so
practical and useful as well as beautiful. Baskets are handmade works of
art that are functional. Imagine serving drinks on that glorious
one-of-a-kind painting you have hanging on the wall. Not! But with baskets
you can literally put your most unique artwork into daily usage and daily
Who used baskets in the past decades? Try just about everyone. Native
American women strapped cradle boards onto their backs, a flat back
basket. Farmers harvested fruits and vegetables and hauled them in
baskets. Families collected eggs in baskets. Homesteaders gathered berries
in baskets (and people still do). Neighbors carried pies in baskets to
each other. And many people rode bicycles that had baskets in front of the
handle bars (and some still do).
Who made the baskets in past decades and today? Craftspersons, artisans,
weavers and everyday folk. Native Americans wove baskets. Early settlers
made baskets. The religious sect called the Shakers made baskets, which
are collectibles today and on exhibit in museums. Even you can make
baskets if you're willing to learn.
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