Scoop Style Sifter Basket


Item Number: DR 428
Pueblo: Hopi Pueblo
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Yucca with a metal hoop
Age: 2000s
Dimensions: 10” round and 2 – 3 ½” deep


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Hopi Sifter Basket Scoop with metal rim

This beautiful basket has a single diamond pattern which radiates out from the center into ever widening lines. This basket is very sturdy and tightly woven and has a metal hoop ring. The bottom of the basket is a square with an indentation for scooping. The basket slopes from 2” in the front to a height of almost 4” in the back. Its shape indicates that it was woven to use as a scoop for grains, and other materials. 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: Excellent- Original condition
Provenance: Purchased from a collector in Arizona
Suggested Reading: Indian Baskets of the Southwest by Clara Lee Tanner

Additional information

Weight 6 oz