Hopi Basket - Plaited Oval Ring, CBASGEF15-01


2" H

13.5" L

11" W

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  • This is a plaited ring basket of the Hopis and most other Pueblo tribes, are the oldest kind of basket in the Southwest. They first emerge around Basketmaker III (Ca A.D 500) and haven't change much at all. They were used by the Anasazi for nearly 15 centuries without any modifications. This type of basket was popular because they are simple, easy to make and materials are abundant. First the center strips of yucca leaves are gathered, soaked and form a hatch work of yucca strips that are laid flat. Lastly the flat hatch work is pushed into a sumac rod but in this case there is a metal rod that has been substituted. The basketmaker then stepped on the mat and pulled the ring metal ring upward to created this oval shallow bowl. The edges can be trimmed, bent over the metal rod and fastened by twining one yucca cord. Now that it is dried it can be used for many things; sifting, holding piki bread and dry storage. This basket has an interesting pattern in design. Also the strips were stripped to have natural yellow color and bleach white. However, the metal rod makes this piece more sturdy but non traditional. It has some paint in various areas. It may have been used to store paint. A plaited ring basket to add to your collection.