THOUGHTS ON COL­LECT­ING & AD­MIR­ING NA­TIVE BAS­KETS

Native American Art - - NATIVE BASKETRY - — Katie Richarme, owner, The Danc­ing Rab­bit Gallery

“Sim­i­lar to tex­tiles, bas­kets are typ­i­cally traced to a spe­cific re­gion or tribe rather than to a spe­cific in­di­vid­ual as in pot­tery or jewelry. The unique styles of con­struc­tion can make it less chal­leng­ing to iden­tify the ori­gin, but there are still some over­laps in style. Tiny clues help give the as­tute col­lec­tor a bet­ter idea of prove­nance, and some­times even an ap­prox­i­mate age. These clues also help spot im­ports. Veg­e­tal ma­te­rial de­cays over time, so find­ing a cen­tury-old bas­ket in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion is rare. Proper preser­va­tion tech­niques help in main­tain­ing the bas­kets for many decades.”

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