Hopi coil baskets come from Second Mesa villages. Coils are considered sturdier and harder to make than wicker baskets and have a grass bundle foundation stitched and bordered with yucca. The colors are derived from aniline dyes and sometimes white kaolin clay.
Many baskets of this shape were made not only for the personal use of Hopi families, but for the tourist trade as it developed in the early 1900s.
Condition: Good – original condition with some stitch loss along the rim from handling.
Provenance: This basket has been in my family since it was purchased by my grandmother on a trip to New Mexico.
Recommended Reading: Indian Baskets of the Southwest by Clara Lee Tanner.