Hopi Sifter Basket with natural wood rim
This beautiful basket is diamond pattern. There are a series of four diamond shapes with smaller diamonds inside of the larger ones. This basket is very sturdy and tightly woven. This basket has a hoop ring of an unknown wood, although the old style sifters have hoops of desert willow and cattail. The natural wood ring is not perfectly horizontal since it has been cut from a tree branch, and thus it creates a slight dip on the top of one side of the basket. A twined stitch is sewn just beneath the wooden ring and clipped off about 1” below the yucca weaving strips to secure the basket
Hopi Indian basketry probably has the longest continuous life of any in the Southwest today, for its heritage can be traced back 1500 years – and possibly much more. Hopi basket weaving is a continuation of the prehistoric plaited technique. Yucca is a plant that grows wild at elevations of between 5,000 and 7,000 feet. Abundant sword shaped leaves have long fibers make them ideal for making baskets. Hopi homes have baskets for both practical and ceremonial uses. Baskets are made for wedding presents; serve as containers for ceremonial events; they are given as prizes in ceremonial races; and are the center of attraction in the women’s basket dance. Baskets are also made for art shows and competitions and of course, for sale to tourists.
Condition: Original condition
Provenance: Purchased from a collector in Arizona
Suggested Reading: Indian Baskets of the Southwest by Clara Lee Tanner