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Basket - Miniature Coiled Basket by Ella Tawahongva (Hopi)

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Price: $120.00
Item Number: MCGB0029

This fully coiled miniature woven basket was made by Ella Tawahongva.  The basket is woven with yucca around bundles of grasses.

Hopi coiled baskets are woven mainly at Second Mesa.  The women gather wild yucca leaves at different times of the year to get green, yellow or white colors which are most often used in Hopi basketry. If red is used in a basket, the white yucca is dyed with a local plant, either Navajo tea or Hopi tea, and for black, commercial dye is used.  Wild grass, usually galleta grass, is gathered for the bundles that make up the foundation, or inside, of the coils.  After the leaves are split in half lengthwise and cleaned, they are split into narrow splints that are no more than 1/8" wide.  The preparation of materials and the fully coiled basketry technique are time consuming tasks that take time to master.

Width: 2.25", Height: 1 3/8"


 

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