My Knitted Tribute to Native American Basketry


New England wood splint (left) and Western basket (right)

Because this basketry was developed by Native American tribes and carries symbolic and spiritual meaning, I decided to use designs elements like color and design to create a knitted tribute to them rather than using native techniques and symbolic images in my work. In doing so, I created two different miniature knitted bags that represent two separate parts of the country. One is based on the wood splint basketry of the New England Native American tribes in the late 1700s, and the other is based off the Pomo of California and the Skokomish of Washington basketry in the early 1800s.

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