#B-21. One of a set of three baskets signed with the initials
"AL" woven in, Alaskan Eskimo woven natural and dyed
grasses, fine condition, ca. 1960-1970. This one is oval and lined
with extendable black stroud felt cloth with a grass drawstring.
Height without cloth extended is 4 in. high x 5 in. long x 4 in.
wide. Fine condition, SOLD.
These are tiny stitches
Eskimo grass-coiled basket, 14 in. long x 8 in. wide x 7 in.
high, natural and red and black dyed geometric motif. This basket
has some stitch loss but is in good condition for its age and
is a large and dramatic piece. SOLD
In the basket start
when the awl first splits the reed
and the basketmaker's fingers
turn the knot,
it comes from the child's start--
first steps, fingers clutching a rock,
taking a grass blade in,
finding its edge among grasses
and their tall flowers sun lit.
binding finer patterns
out of larger ones--
histories in martynia and maidenhair,
willow and redbud,
Landscapes of beads.
This patience, made waiting
for the small hands of children.
(©1997 Carol Snyder Halberstadt)
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