A basket is a large container which is made of strong, solid fibers and is made of various materials, such as wood, bamboo, runners, and straw. While most commonly made of plant fibers, other natural materials like straw, horsehair, or plastic can also be used. Baskets are typically woven manually. There are two types of baskets: the wicker basket and the basket frame. The wicker basket has a frame which is covered with wicker, while the frame basket does not have wicker but is composed of various materials like cotton, sisal, jute, bamboo, or synthetic material.
There are several types of baskets, which derive from both of the aforementioned types of baskets. These include: the stockade, the wicker basket, the basket gourd, the gourd basket, the beaded basket, the basket-like dickey, and the gourd-rod. Basket-making is an art, which involves weaving and re-weaving a variety of materials.
Basket-making involves the use of a combination of a spinning wheel and a loom. First, the loom is used to draw the threads of raw fibers. Then, these fibers are spun on the loom, which provides strength to the fiber and makes it possible for the creation of a basket. Before the threads of the raw materials are spooled, the basket is created by passing the spool through a spinner, which forms the desired shape.
Weaving baskets is done with a combination of hand and machinery power. A basket weaving technique known as braiding is a common technique, which consists of weavers braiding threads of raw fibers into a tight coil. Other forms of basket weaving include roving and lacing, which are performed by sewing the fibers together. The most commonly used raw materials for basket weaving are coconut fibers, yams, beets, and yarns.
Because many of the raw materials for making baskets can be expensive, it is not uncommon for ordinary individuals to try their hand at making them. It is also common for companies who specialize in making baskets to contract individual weavers to build their own product line of baskets. For instance, if one company wanted to create a line of fruit baskets, they could easily do so by purchasing the fruit fibers from suppliers and then weaving them into a particular shape. There are even companies that produce customized made baskets complete with handles.
While a basket may not seem like a secure investment compared to stocks or bonds, bear in mind that stocks and bonds are not usually “store” able. Stocks cannot be replaced, unlike a basket, so it is important that you understand what your basket’s future value might be before you invest in it. You must be sure that your basket-making business is based on certain criteria before you purchase stock or bonds.