Table Of Contents
Materials, Tools, Preparation, Weaving……3
Raffia and Some op Its Uses ………………11
Mats and Their Borders………………………21
The Simplest Baskets ……………… 27
Covers . 33
Work Baskets 65
Candy Baskets 83
Scrap Baskets 101
Birds’ Nests 113
Oval Baskets ………………………127
The Finishing Touch 149
How to Cane Chairs………159
Some Indian Stitches 169
What the Basket Means to the Indian……… 181
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HOW TO MAKE BASKETS
MATERIALS, TOOLS, PREPARATION, WEAVING
Materials.—We shall use a great deal of rattan in making these baskets. It is a kind of palm which grows in the forests of India, twining about the trees and hanging in graceful festoons from the branches, sometimes to the length of five hundred feet, it is said, though seldom over an inch in diameter. It comes to us stripped of leaves and bark, and split into round or flat strips of various sizes, which are numbered by the manufacturer from 1 up to about 15, No. 1 being the finest as well as the most costly. Rattan can be bought (usually in five-pound lots) at basket factories in our large cities. Numbers 2, 3 and 4 are the best sizes for small baskets and 3, 5, and 6 for scrap baskets. Raffia, which is woven into small baskets, dolls’ hats, etc., comes from Madagascar. It is a pale yellow material, soft and pliable, the outer cuticle of a palm, and can be bought at seed stores in hanks of about a pound each. Either braided and used by itself or woven flat on rattan spokes, it is easily handled by very young children, whose fingers are not strong enough to manage rattan.Other Details
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