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Catalog Number 329.018
Object Name Basket, Trinket
Collector Valene Smith
Description (Heather Martin 9/25/16) This decorative wicker basket is made with honeysuckle vines. The workface is the exterior and the work direction is to the right. It has a cross-warp start and a base that is woven in vines that are dyed a burgundy color using a walnut dye. At the bottom corner of the basket, the warp groupings are divided, with some warps continuing outward to form a platform while others point upward to form the walls. Both the platform and walls are woven using alternating colors to form a banded pattern. The weft splices are secured by tucking them into the warp spaces, threading them towards the center of the basket. A decorative edge is created at both the platform and the walls by looping the remaining warp downward and tucking it into the second warp space to the right.

This basket has a tag from the Indian Arts and Crafts Board that identifies it as a genuine Indian handicraft. It has the logo of the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc., a Cherokee cooperative that was established in 1946 (http://www.quallaartsandcrafts.com/). The tag identifies the weaver as Irene P. Wolfe and the material as honeysuckle vine with walnut dye.
Material honeysuckle vine
Place of Origin Pipestone, Minnesota
Provenance Eastern Cherokee (documentation)
Date Collected: 4/2000
Dimensions H-8.3 W-60.452 cm
Imagefile 004\329018-2.JPG
Caption 329.018 image showing the start from the exterior