|Starting coil baskets for students...|
It's that time of year again, where I go basket crazy. I like to teach my students about the traditional basket makers of California. The best way to teach about baskets, is to have every student make one! Because the baskets are tricky for little hands to start, I usually start a basket for each student. Each year, I make my own decorative basket. This year's model is made with eggplant colored string, and purple and white striped string. Hopefully, I'll get it finished pretty soon!
My favorite basket makers were the members of the Pomo tribe. They made several types of utilitarian baskets for cooking and carrying. However, their decorative storage baskets are amazing. They started with a simple coiled basket, and added feathers, beads, and shells. More is more.