Native American Laundry Basket
A basket is an open-faced container usually made of stiffened fabric and can be crafted from a wide range of fabrics, such as wood, twine, nylon, and cane. Most baskets are crafted from plant materials. They can also be crafted from synthetic materials such as plastic, vinyl, or cardboard. However, basket weaves are still the most common and popular way to craft a basket.
When a basket is woven, the seams in the basket become the sides and bottom of the container. The basket weaved ends can then be attached to a wooden handle, which provides stability when the container is transported from one place to another. Although this type of basket traditionally constructed out of twine, other fabric types, such as canvas, nylon, or polyester can also be used. In addition, baskets can be traditionally constructed out of wood.
Historically, most people would collect fruits, vegetables, and fish as their personal containers. They would then tie them together to make a basket. Today, baskets still play an important part in the lives of countless people all over the world. Many modern basket makers use an array of fabrics to create customized baskets that provide the perfect container to carry many items, including clothes, books, and more. You can customize your own basket in any size, shape, or color, which allows you to customize your container to the occasion.
Historically, weaving baskets in the traditional manner took several weeks, sometimes over a year. Today, most woven baskets can be created in a matter of days using basic machinery. However, the old fashioned method of weaving baskets still continues to be practiced today by some basket makers who wish to create the product without the use of machinery. These types of baskets are typically hand woven, hand sewn, or hand tied.
In addition to being used for basket weaving, Native American families made baskets for different uses. During special ceremonies, Native Americans would decorate their everyday baskets with feathers, twigs, beads, beautiful stones and plants. Baskets of special significance to the community would also be displayed in local museums. In many cases, basket making became an important part of the tribal culture, as it was used to celebrate many different events. One type of basket commonly displayed at a local museum art weaving gallery is one that features an illustration of the Great Spirit Sitting on a Eagle’s Back.
A good way to display a basket you made is to set it on a shelf or even hang it in a tree. Many people store baskets they made in their homes or offices. If you do not have room for your basket, you can create a small, decorative display case by using an old washing machine laundry basket that can also be painted to match your home or artistic theme. Some Native American tribes did not have elaborate basket making customs, but they were famous for making pots and containers made from clay, wood, beads and turquoise. Today, you can purchase a beautiful laundry basket that contains items from your basket that you love, whether you make a basket yourself from scratch or purchase a pre-made laundry basket or other container made just for this purpose.