Indigenous people around the world shared the skill of beautiful basket making since over 10,000 years ago. They resourcefully used vines, grass, reeds, roots, bark – anything similar that was readily available in their environment – that could be woven, coiled and braided.
Sandy: I learned how to a weave a basket in order to earn a Girl Scouts badge when I was nine years old. We soaked the reeds in water so they would be pliable and not snap while being woven. In the days when it was necessary to do, I imagine it would have been fun in a group with other women.
Kelly: I have a wicker/basket collecting fetish. This big (2ft) one sits by my front door collecting dust with nothing in it. I have magazine, plant, (money) change, trash, shoe & toy storage baskets all over the place but can’t seem to find a use for this one… yet I can’t seem to get rid of it. If wicker furniture wasn’t so uncomfortable I’d have it all over the house. Love it.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.