Petal Design Tray


Item Number: DR 407
Tribal Affiliation: Tohono O’odham Papago
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Yucca and Bear Grass
Age: Circa 1970s
Dimensions: 18″ diameter x 2 ” deep



This extra-large tray is woven in a double petal design of yucca strips of different stages of growth to achieve the different subtle patterns. The artist also employed various stitch types to achieve the variation of the petal formation.

This basket began with a four square or plaited knot. The plant bundles of bear grass were then wrapped around this start and stitched together with the yucca splints. Coiling is the technique of interweaving yucca around a bear grass base. The front of the basket was pounded with stones to flatten and smooth its surface.Since this basket is meant to be enjoyed from the top or front, the back has been left rather rough, as is traditional for flat baskets. This is a tightly woven beautiful basket.

Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Acquired from my family’s personal collection.
Recommended Reading: Indian Baskets of the Southwest by Clara Lee Tanner.

Additional information

Weight 21 oz