Hopi Sifter Basket with metal hoop
This beautiful basket is made with an arrow and diamond pattern. The pattern flows in horizontal lines across the basket. The natural yucca is positioned against yellow and purple dyed yucca fibers creating a pleasing coloration. This basket is very sturdy and tightly woven, and uses a metal hoop ring as the control for the yucca fibers. A twined stitch is sewn just beneath the 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