December in Basketry

This month’s Basketry Intensive Program was a focus on traditions surrounding flat twined bags of the Columbia Plateau Peoples.  Our students gained a new appreciation for the makers of these bags, along with the beauty of dogbane, as they transformed the stalks of these woody plants into soft silken fibers.  These were then twined into the foundations of their bags.  Students will continue twining, creating unique patterns in the false embroidery technique using dyed corn husks.  Karen is eagerly anticipating student’s return next month to finish the rim and see the beautiful bags her students have completed.

This group is quite ambitious, and they are also finishing their plaited cedar tool kits as is shown in the photos.  Students have done a remarkable job and taken to heart the teachings of honoring cedar and her many gifts.

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December in Basketry