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Date: Late 20th century
Medium: Plant fiber, dye
Dimensions: H x W x D: 38.8 x 37.6 x 37.5 cm (15 1/4 x 14 13/16 x 14 3/4 in.)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Geography: Botswana
Object Number: 89-9-1
Search Terms:
Household
geometric motif
Object is not currently on exhibit

In southern Africa, women weavers produce a variety of well-constructed baskets of fibrous tree root or palm-leaf fiber using coiling, twining or plaiting techniques. Large, tightly coiled baskets such as this are usually constructed with palm fiber. The weaver binds thin, pliable weft strands of palm firmly and evenly around the warp, which consists of bundles of fibers. She then coils the warp in a counterclockwise direction to the required depth, beginning at the base. Using an overstitch technique to sew the coils together, and at the same time working with tinted strands in the weft, the weaver creates darker designs in the basket, working upward from the base to the rim.

Cylindrical fiber coiled basket decorated with a geometric pattern consisting of diagonal rows of lozenges divided through the center by double lines.

Michael Graham-Stewart, London, -- to 1989


Art of the Personal Object, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 24, 1991-April 9, 2007


National Museum of African Art. 1999. Selected Works from the Collection of the National Museum of African Art. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, p. 168, no. 124.


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