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Catalog Number 269.001
Object Name Basket, Trinket
Collector Barbara Golf (?) (530) 342-3229
Description (Heather Martin 7/3/2016) This is a twined treasure or fancy basket over a glass bottle mold. The workface is the exterior and the work direction is to the right. The basket has a 2X2 plaited start in cedar bark (Thuja plicat). These cedar elements extend form the square start to form the warps, with additional warps added to form a circle. Following the plaited start, the basket base is plain twined with a root weft over wide warps, ending with six rows of plain-twining over increasingly narrow wefts followed by a row of three-strand twining where the walls of the basket begin. The design is created using dyed bear grass. The walls are woven in wrapped twining with bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax) wefts and cedar bark warps for three-fourths of an inch. This design panels contains bands of blue and red stripes as well as blue checkered stripes. Then there is a band of exposed warps with decorative crossings bordered above and below by two rows of plain twining. Wrapped twining continues for about two inches. This panel contains the main design, which consists of checkered bands and a flower and petal motif in pink and green. The exposed warp band repeats one more time before the basket is wrap-twined to the rim, with several checkered and solid stripe bands. The final row of twining is used to bind down the warp ends, with the warp of the previous stitch bent downward and bound with the following stitch. At the end of the final row, the weft end is knotted on the interior. All of the colors are extremely faded on the exterior of the basket.

This basket is typical of the styles made on the Northwest coast of North America, in British Colombia. More specifically, this basket is of the style made by Nootka (Nuu-chah-nulth) and Makah weavers. However, Makah are known for using plaited cedar bark starts and bear grass wefts, a unique combination of features in the area (Gogol 1981:8). Therefore, this basket was likely made by a Makah weaver, which corroborates the documentation that this basket was collected at Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC.
Material cedar bark, spruce root, beargrass, glass
Place of Origin Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC
Provenance Makah (Heather Martin 7/3/16)

Date Collected: 1915
Dimensions H-15.3 Cir-6 inches
Imagefile 004\269001-4.JPG
Caption 269.001 image showing the base of the bottle