This basket is made from reeds and bark of the sumac tree. This basket has various uses in Navajo culture; puberty rites, healing ceremonies and is mostly known as a wedding basket. The black design represents the sacred mountains that surround Navajo land. The red ring in the middle represents the beginning of life. The center is the emergence where the Navajo people believe we came from. This basket has is in fair shape but has a little wear from the drying of sumac. A beautiful basket to add to your collection.