How Basketry Is Made
A basket is a large container which is typically constructed out of strong ropes and is made of a wide variety of materials, including wicker, wood, bamboo, and even cane. While most baskets made of wicker are made using plant fibers, other non-plant based materials like metal wire, baleen, or horse hair can also be used. Baskets are typically woven manually.
While there are numerous designs for baskets, the classic look is still available. Typically, a basket consists of a number of open-weave panels held together with string. The size of the basket is dependent upon what you will be putting inside it, so if you need an assortment of items put into your basket, you will want to choose a larger basket. However, there are some baskets which are designed for singular items only. If you are in a situation where you need a large container but only need a few small items, you may want to consider getting a simple wooden or plastic basket instead of a wicker one.
Baskets can be made of several different types of fiber, including silk, jute, gourd, corn, ramie, and bamboo. Some baskets have a mesh backing while others have a solid woven together bottom to prevent insects or animals from entering. Bamboo is the most popular choice for woven baskets because it is strong, yet lightweight, similar to cotton. In addition, it is breathable. Silk is commonly used as well but it tends to wrinkle very easily and does not stay fresh for very long.
While baskets can be made of a variety of different materials, the finished product will depend largely on the type of fibers and the method of weaving them together. Most baskets are designed using a bottom base that has a number of open spaces on each end. These spaces are called “wicks”. The main purpose of the wicks is to provide a source of sustenance for the plants growing on the basket bottom. For instance, if you were making a gourmet picnic basket, the twigs and raw materials would be needed along with a basket handle to keep the raw materials from scattering all over when it was opened.
The tools necessary to weave baskets also vary depending on the type of basket making that is being done. Basket makers who work with natural fibers need to make certain adjustments to their tools depending on the types of fibers being used. Raw materials for basket making can range from twigs, branches, to plant fibers, grasses, seeds and more. Basket makers who work with manufactured materials need to make specific adjustments to their tools depending on the consistency and texture of the materials.
Basketry is an art that is enjoyed by many people around the world. There are many different types of baskets and they come in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes, textures and uses. The basic purpose of the basket is to provide food or other items for consumption. They have a secondary, but important, purpose which is as a collectors’ item. Basketry artists often create beautiful works of art that are hung in homes, offices as a beautiful part of decorating the space.