Intricate weaving, distinct patterns, color, culture and purpose – Why don’t you use baskets to decorate in your home.
Basket weaving is an art form that dates back centuries to the early origins of man. As soon as ancient man learned to braid, weave or fasten fibers together to create a holder the basket was born. Soon after baskets became an essential item in everyday life because they have been used for everything from carrying water, food, seeds, as well as for transporting and storage.
BaTonga Nongo pot baskets, Zimbabwe
Early baskets were usually made from plant fibers using various weaving techniques in different parts of the world. It is believed the explorers, the men who traveled discovering the world, facilitated the transfer of basket making techniques as a natural outcome to carrying goods and trading them in baskets. I believe this influenced not only new methods but artistic expression as well.
Many cultures in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and India, as well as American Indians have distinct basket making techniques and styles.
Ethiopian vessel with cowrie shells
Raffia baskets tightly weaved to carry liquids
Because of it’s history basket making has been recognized as an ancient art form worthy of museum preservation and study.
Today baskets are being made from a variety of materials including paper, wire and even trash such as plastic bags. Some are adorned with beads and other embellishments.
Beaded gourd from the Yoruba people of Nigeria
Baskets can be found at almost any price, size, shape and color. Basket are for function and for artistic expression. Their unique beauty makes baskets perfect items to use in home decorating.
Here are examples of different types of baskets and how you can use them to decorate in your home:
Felt basket made in the USA
So, the next time you travel to a place where basket making is a handmade craft consider visiting the market and buying some baskets. They make affordable and wonderfully unique additions to your decorating and you’ll remember your trip.
I hope I’ve helped you discover a new way to think about baskets and you will look at them in a completely different light.
Until next time …