Please Help Identify this basket

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  1. Thom

    Thom Member

    q1.jpg q2.jpg q3.jpg q4.jpg With the handles it measures 8" tall and 6" across. Thank you all for your time and knowledge
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  2. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure this is contemporary basket available from many big retail stores today.
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  3. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    Looks like it may have been made with palm fiber, but I can't tell you where it was made...only that it isn't Native American Indian, was probably made for the decorator/tourist trade. Rather an uncommon weaving technique, which resembles crochet on the bottom.
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  4. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

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  5. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    Just felt I should add a little, for those who may be "scientifically-inclined."

    Actually, the term "rush" when it comes to basketry material, is over-used, and often inaccurate. Primarily, there is widespread confusion between grasses, sedges, and rushes, which are all separate plant families. They are distinguished primarily by the type of stems each has.

    There are over 400 species of rush. Tatami mats in Japan are made from one of the species, and other cultures use rushes in thatching as well as for basketry, for medicinal uses, and as a food source.

    To confuse matters, however, bulrush, is not actually a rush at all, it is in the sedge family, which has over 5,500 species, many of which are also used to weave mats, ropes, baskets, purses, clothing items, canoes and rafts, brooms, etc.

    However, the several terms are frequently used by sellers interchangeably, without regard to strict, scientific, accuracy.

    Just another example of how determining the material a basket is made from, is vital to identification, but often difficult.
  6. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    You are right - I got my terminology incorrect. Sorry about that. The rush I meant is from the Juncus genus, while bulrush is cattail.
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  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    What a Rush !!!!!:playful::hungover:
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