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Catalog Number 254.006
Object Name Basket, Winnowing
Collector Found in CSUC Stiles warehouse during reorganization in 1990.
Description Baskets found in storage during reorganization in 1990, no other information or documentation available.

(Heather Martin 2/29/2016) This is a twined tray made with cordage warps. It is generally flat with undulations caused by the flexibility in the warp materials. The slant of weft is down to the right and the work direction is to the right. The weft splices ends are knotted with existing weft elements on the non-workface, with the splice ends occasionally left unclipped for less than half an inch. The starting knot is created by wrapping all of the tule (Scirpis sp.) warp elements in one bundle and then dividing them into smaller bundles as the twining progresses. The very first warp bundle is wrapped a second time at a 90 degree angle, creating a second wrap that is perpendicular to the first. There is no indentation at the start. The entire basket is plain twined. The design is created using weft substitution. Twining begins with undyed tule for one fourth of an inch. The first band is created by alternating dyed and undyed tule that results in vertical stripes. Then there is one and three-fourths of an inch of undyed tule, followed by three rows of dyed tule. Then four rows of undyed tule are followed by three rows of dyed tule. Finally, half of an inch of undyed tule is followed by three rows dyed tule. The basket is finished with three-eighths of an inch of undyed tule. There are four bands in total, including the striped band. The rim is finished by binding the warps down on the non-workface and the weft at the end of the last row is secured by knotting it with the warps. There are no signs of use.

This is consistent with a Klamath or Modoc cordage warp tray. The lack of the use of overlay to create the design suggests that this basket is more likely to be Klamath. These flat trays were used for winnowing, sifting, and parching wokas, or water lily seeds. However, these trays are 20-30 inches in diameter (Shanks 2015:121-122), while this tray is under 9 and one half inches. This may mean that this tray was made for sale rather than for use in wokas processing.

Place of Origin northern CA
Provenance Date Collected: March 1990
Klamath or Modoc (Heather Martin 2/29/16)
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Caption 254.006 back of basket