Basketry: Forms and Styles
One of the oldest non-stone crafts, basketry is defined by much more than baskets. It also embraces such items as mats, bags, hats, footwear, and cradles. While different from textiles, basketry items are woven using the techniques of coiling, plating, or twining.
For thousands of years baskets have been a part of Native American lifestyles, used for gathering, food preparation, cooking, and storage. Babies were cradled in baskets, and often people were buried in them. Though commonly viewed as utilitarian items, baskets are much more than just functional items.
This exhibit features baskets from IAIS's ethnographic collections, and discusses the wide variety of materials, styles, and uses of basketry.
On display until October 30, 2017