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Bas­ketry col­lec­tors and afi­ciona­dos con­sider a num­ber of qual­i­ties when de­cid­ing whether to make a pur­chase, and when de­ter­min­ing the de­sir­abil­ity or prob­a­ble value of a bas­ket. These qual­i­ties in­clude:

Form: sym­me­try and bal­ance Con­struc­tion: mas­tery of weav­ing tech­nique and em­bel­lish­ment Dec­o­ra­tion: over­all aes­thetic ap­peal, color, pro­por­tion and bal­ance of de­sign Di­men­sion and Size: prop­erly scaled to large, av­er­age or minia­ture size Qual­ity of Ma­te­ri­als: wells­e­lected, care­fully pre­pared Func­tion: util­i­tar­ian, dec­o­ra­tive or cer­e­mo­nial Au­then­tic­ity and Cul­tural Rel­e­vance: sig­nif­i­cance rooted in a cul­tural tra­di­tion Prove­nance and Doc­u­men­ta­tion: avail­able doc­u­men­ta­tion of maker, ori­gin and his­tory Con­di­tion: min­i­mal or no break­age, miss­ing stitches, warp­ing, fad­ing or restora­tion Age and Rar­ity

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