Indian Basket Weaving
The methods of Indian basket weaving explained in this excellent manual are the very ones employed by native practitioners of the craft. members of the Navajo School of Basketry have set down their secrets in clear and simple language, enabling even the beginner to create work that can rival theirs in grace, design, and usefulness.
Beginning with basic techniques, choice of materials, preparation of the reed, splicing, the introduction of color, principles and methods of design, shaping the basket and weaves from many cultures, such as Lazy Squaw, Mariposa, Taos, Samoan, Klikitat, and Shilo, each accompanied by specific instructions. There are suggestions for the weaving of shells, beads, feathers, fan palms, date palms, and even pine needles, and recipes for the preparation of dyes.
Examples of each type of basket are illustrated by photographs, often taken from more than one angle so that the bottom can be seen as well as the top and sides. Close-up photography of the various types of stitching, especially at the crucial stage of beginning the basket, is an invaluable aid to the weaver. In addition, the authors have provided line drawings which are exceptionally clear magnifications of the various weave patterns.
Anyone who follows the lessons contained in this book will have a knowledge of basketry unattainable in any other way. They are so lucid and complete that the amateur as well as the experienced weaver will be able to manufacture baskets distinguishable from authentic native articles only in that they were not woven by Indians. For those who merely seek a broader knowledge of American Indian arts, the book provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject of basketry.
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Abalone Aleuts Apache War Bam-tush BASKET Showing BASKET WEAVING basketry beautiful betweenthe carefully Commenced Basket continue weaving Date Palm dyeing Fan Palm feathers fingers flat placque flat point fold fustic give heads held firmly Hold the reed illustration inside introduction of color Klikitat knotted large reed leaves left hand Light Oil Finish linseed oil logwood long stitch Makah manner Mariposa mordant natural raphia Navajo weave old fustic old thread one-half inches oval overlay polish Pomo Indians pounds Preparing the reed raphia thread raphia weaving rattan right hand rihhon round row of pairing row of weaving SHAPING THE BASKET Shi-lo Showing Bottom SHOWING COMMENCED Showing Top Sides of Basket small reed Soak Splicing the reed SPLICING THE THREAD splints split stain stannous chloride sweet grass Take thread of raphia three reeds Treasure Basket trim turpentine upright hams wampum weaving threads width WOOD STAINS wrap Yokut