Weavers Of Tradition And Beauty: Basketmakers Of The Great by Mary Lee Fulkerson

By Mary Lee Fulkerson

Baskets - and the folk who weave them - have continuously been respected and honoured by means of local american citizens. This publication, proposing new details principally from the weavers themselves, indicates how their artwork prevails - even over adversarial environmental, social, and fiscal stipulations.

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The bark must be scraped from the large foundation rods. JoAnn uses sixty to seventy Page 14 willows for the bottom of a cradlebasket, and each one must be scraped with a special willow knife into a smooth, perfectly round rod that looks and feels like white satin if it's done the right way. " The strings must also be scraped, cleaned, and sized. This is a lengthy operation. "Your fingers get tired and your hands start to hurt," says JoAnn. " Storage The rolled willow bundles are left to dry in a shady place.

This was when some of the truly fine collections of Nevada baskets presently held by museums, both local and national, and among some private individuals came into being. Today, these older baskets and collections have entered the art market even more dramatically, with the price structure of pieces sold through Sotheby's, Christie's, and many national and local dealers reflecting increasing values. Contemporary weavers, including those whose work is featured here, are beginning to compete in this market and will undoubtedly be even more active in the future.

Weaving Preparation During the weaving process, the threads need to be kept damp. Many weavers keep a pan of water nearby and continuously dip a hand in the water, then touch the thread to retain just the right dampness. Other weavers keep their threads soaking in the pan. If they are working outdoors and the wind comes up, basket weaving usually stops because the threads dry out too quickly. To get a uniform size of string, many weavers keep special can lids punched with different sized holes.

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