Natural Basketry Materials, whether you are looking for black ash, birch bark, cedar
bark, willow cuttings, devil's claws, pine needles, gourds, basswood, milkweed, sweetflag,
bullrush, cattail, sedge, spruce root or any of many other materials for basketry you will
find direction here.
Baskets From Nature's Bounty
by Elizabeth Jensen
Natural materials and their uses for basketry is discussed and illustrated. This
book will help you identify, harvest, prepare and use native materials in your
work. The works of a variety of basketmakers is presented. Hardcover.
California Plant Use in Basketry
Learn more about the culture, gathering practices and use of California native
plants such as Mulenbergia rigens, rhus trilobata, deergrass, sumac, chia,
Juncus textilis, mesquite tree roots, redbud, ironwood and others by Luiseño,
Acjachemen, Kumeyaay, and Chumash basketweavers as they preserve the cultural
practices essential to their indigenous cultures.
and the Law If you buy, sell or collect art objects that include feathers, you
should be aware of the various laws that govern this commerce.
Growing A Basket Garden All sorts of resources to help you grow plants in your garden that you
can incorporate into your basketry.
Natural Basketry Materials: Antlers Deer, moose,
elk antlers by the pound, antelope horns, drilled antler buttons, slices, points
and scrimshaw antler. Antler Baskets, Antler Basketmakers and Antler
Natural Basketmaking Materials: Baleen Baskets made of baleen, the black fiber filtering system from the mouth of a baleen
whale. Many of these baskets are coiled and lidded with carved ivory as decoration.
Natural Basketweaving Materials:
Bamboo General background of Bamboo Basketry. How to grow bamboo as a basketry material. How
to prepare it for weavers. Making a bamboo basket. Weave patterns and master basketmakers.
Native American Ethnobotony A compilation of the plants used by North American native peoples for medicine, food, fiber, dye, and a host of other
things. Anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman has devoted 25 years to the task of gathering together the accumulated ethnobotanical
knowledge on more than 4000 plants. More than 44,000 uses for these plants by various tribes are documented here.
Natural Basketmaking Materials:
Cedar Essays on the historical significance of cedar, general background of cedar bark
basketry, cedar baskets, basketmakers specializing in cedar basketmaking, as well as
harvesting and preparation of red and yellow cedar.
Basketry - Homegrown and Handmade
by Fibre Basket Weavers of S. Australia Inc.
Native and introduced plants of Australia (most of which can be found in The United
States) are described. Suggestions on how to prepare and use them in basketry are offered.
Over 200 excellent photographs and drawings illustrate baskets, materials and techniques.
by Maryanne Gillooly (Editor)
More than 20 projects, with some suitable for the novice basketmaker, covering techniques
of weaving, twining, coiling, braiding and stitching of natural materials gathered from
gardens, fields and woods. Paperback book.
More Native Natural Materials Basketry Books
Natural Basketry Materials : Rattan / Reed
Find out about how basket reed is produced from the core of a thorny palm (mostly genera Calamus, Daemonorops or Plectomia) which grows like
a vine into the forest canopy of the jungles of South East Asia and Indonesia
and is imported for use in basketmaking.
Processing Yucca Fibers
ReWild offers an illustrated tutorial which will teach you how to
extract the long, white fibers from yucca (Yucca spp.) leaves for making
cordage and process fibers from the leaves of the yucca plant for use in basketry.
Use of Wildlife in Arts and Crafts An overview of the federal regulations covering the use of animal parts like
antlers, feathers, claws, ivory or other items in the United States.
YouTube has an interesting
selections of video clips on a variety of topics, but it can be more than a bit
raunchy at times. I have put together a handpicked playlist of native natural
materials basketry video clips and present them here in a customized player just
for basketmakers and collectors. Start the video by clicking on the triangle
shaped button. Once you start the first video, run your mouse
along the bottom edge of the player screen to preview or select from the full
list. In addition you may choose to visit my
Basketry Video Playlists,
BasketMakers Group. Although I have done my best to avoid inappropriate
"popular culture" content, viewer discretion is advised.
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