The pattern on this lovely lidded basket is often called a button design due to the swirls on the side. The lid of the basket fits snugly around the rim. Although the weaver is not known, the quality of this piece clearly indicates it was made by a master basket maker.
The weaving of a Cherokee basket begins with gathering and preparing materials, a process that sometimes takes longer than the actual basket construction. Every fall basket making materials are gathered. Given its pliable nature, honeysuckle vines must be woven over a rigid framework to give shape to a basket. The Cherokee traditionally weave honeysuckle over white oak ribs. Basket weavers must collect and prepare both the honeysuckle vine and white oak in preparation for making a honeysuckle basket.
Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Acquired from my parents who purchased this basket in Talhequah, Oklahoma.