Native American Basketry
What exactly is a basket gift basket? A basket is usually a basket that is designed to contain a single gift item, such as clothing, jewelry, or kitchen wares. In many cases, you will be able to find a basket that has an insert or wicker handle. The basket itself is sometimes covered with cellophane or a similar material. The basket may be tied with a string and decorated for that special recipient. Today, many baskets come with an option for a gift tag so that the basket can be personalized for that recipient.
In years gone by, a basket making process took several days to complete. It was time consuming and very often very difficult. Today, most gifts are made in a few short hours, depending on the basket making project and the skill level of the person creating it. There is more convenience involved in today’s gift basket making process, as well. Because of advances in basket making technology, it is possible to make wonderful baskets and gifts from natural materials such as 100% cotton, organic fruit and vegetables, natural fiber baskets, even silk, all with ease.
If you have been shopping at gift basket making supply stores for baskets, you will see that there is virtually a basket for every occasion. You can select a basket to honor a baby’s arrival or one that is perfect for a housewarming celebration. You can select a variety of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables to fill your basket. You can even use a combination of the mentioned items. When you get into the basket making process, you will find that there are many possibilities for you to choose from.
One of the most popular choices for basket making is woven baskets. Weaves are usually made out of gourmet food and produce and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. These baskets are great for potlucks, birthdays parties, baby showers, anniversaries, graduations and other special occasions. A great many people also choose to purchase woven baskets for crafting projects or to simply create a gift for someone special. Another type of basket commonly used in basket making projects is a variety of fruit. This is because fruit baskets are fun, easy to create and very tasty.
If you love Native American basketry, there is an enormous amount of information available about Native American basketry patterns, techniques. For example, there is a wealth of information about how to weave round baskets, square baskets, barrel baskets, tubs and other types of Native American basketry. Also, many Native American tribes are able to craft special unique and personally crafted baskets by using specially made hairpins and bead work. The beauty of these items is that each basket is truly unique, reflecting the culture and personality of the Indian people who created it.
Native American basket making is not only interesting, but the art is beautiful. These Native American baskets make wonderful gifts or you can place them on your own table or decorate your home with one. Basket making can be taught to children, while still being enjoyable for adults. And, most importantly, Native American basket making has spiritual significance. It honors the creator, nature, community and culture of the Native Americans.