Basket, c. 1900
Plant fibers, wool
Gift of Vanessa Laird and Timothy Raylor 2014.149.7
On View in Gallery 281
An Indigenous woman artist made this basket, in early 20th century California, using locally harvested materials including grasses and roots, gathered through a deeply complex understanding of the local ecology. Harvesting is just the beginning of a long process of the preparation of materials that must happen before each artist can sit down to weave. This basket shows a range of motifs, from abstract to figural as well as added red yarn embellishment, a creative use of imported materials.
Image: Public Domain. Gift of Vanessa Laird and Timothy Raylor