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Catalog Number 2011.02.24
Object Name Basket
Other Name basket start
Collection Dorothy Hill Cradleboard Collection
Description (Heather Martin 12/12/2016) This is a coiled basket start. It has a pinhole start with a single-rod foundation of a whole peeled shoot and weft of a split, partially peeled shoot. Both materials are probably willow (Salix sp.). The fag ends are clipped and the moving ends are bound under. The work direction is to the left, the stiches are interlocking, and the slant of weft is mixed. The end of the last weft row is left unfinished, with the last stich remaining loose with the weft piece extending for three and a half inches. The warp extends from the coil for seven inches.

Coiled baskets with single-rod foundations such as this are known to be made by the Pomo, Wappo, Patwin, and Sierra Miwok. The Pomo, Patwin, and Wappo traditionally use sedge as the weft material, however the Patwin are known to use split willow and redbud in more recent times. The Sierra Miwok used sumac in their single-rod baskets. Therefore, this basket could be Sierra Miwok if the material is actually sumac rather than willow, or the basket may be Patwin if it was made in more recent times, which is highly likely.
Material willow
Place of Origin California
Provenance Sierra Miwok or Patwin (Heather Martin 12/12/2016)
Dimensions W-4.4 L-21 cm
Imagefile 004\20110224-2.JPG
Caption 2011.02.24 image of the basket start