A basket is typically a basket that is designed to hold dry fruits, vegetables, and other food items. While most baskets designed for children are made of synthetic materials, some materials including wicker, cane, and wood are also used. Baskets are usually woven manually by hand. It is also possible to order pre-packaged baskets online from many different vendors.
Many modern basket making techniques now make use of machinery rather than hand-woven baskets. The most common is the basket loom, which is automated equipment which produces a variety of different shapes from woven wicker or wood beams. Basket machines will often be found in grocery stores and they are more sophisticated than a simple basket maker. The machines may produce several shapes of varying sizes at once, using the same beam and other equipment. Most basket makers will have several styles of machinery which can be adjusted to meet a variety of clientele requirements.
The other main type of baskets used in eastern Asia is that of the gourd basket. Baskets in this region are made of thick reed ropes with small wooden handles. These baskets have been used for basketry purposes for centuries in eastern Asia. One type of gourd used in these baskets is the Chinese jangfruit, which is also called American gourd.
The Japanese are known to be the world leaders of basket making. Their style of basket making, which is called reki or woven rugs are characterized by beautiful intricate designs of flowers, small animals, dragonflies, and other Asian motifs. Some of their most prized baskets include those that feature geisha, dragon, Phoenix, and Koi fish. Western basket making has developed from what is known as ganbaka, an alternative to twined baskets made out of bamboo fibers, to today’s woven baskets that contain silk, cotton, wool, and various synthetic materials.
One of the most treasured types of baskets is that of the wicker basket. Wicker baskets are characterized by their delicate look, which is achieved through the use of natural materials in the basket. Most wicker baskets contain rattan, cane, bamboo, and reeds. In Indonesia, baskets are traditionally woven from banana leaves, reeds, bamboo poles, and other plant fibers. Today, this basket type can be seen all over the world.
Some other types of baskets include the gourd basket, the basketry, the persimmon basket, the fruit basket, the gift basket, the gazebo basket, and the silk or satin basket. Each of these types of baskets has been used for a variety of purposes, ranging from the agricultural to the decorative. Some of the most popular basket making techniques include weaving, needlework, weaves, distressing, crimping, weaving, knitting, stitching, and basket painting.