There are innumerable forms of art and craft and other skill based works which have traveled generations and have come to us. The kind of artwork would depend on the culture, history and civilization of the community of people. It would describe in some way the way of their lives and the place, climatic condition, the food habits, dressing habits and other such attributes. Culture and art is expressed in many forms and methods and weaving baskets without any doubt is one of the earliest and most popular forms of artistic expression. It also is a way of life for thousands of people, women in particular across the world. Many families depend on weaving of carpets as their main source of livelihood. However, as mentioned above, basket weaving cannot be put in a straight jacket and it is different for different people and communities. It has evolved over the years and therefore one cannot straight jacket this form of ancient art. It would be interesting to have at a few traditions which have survived over the years as far as basket weaving is concerned.
Raw Materials Used
There are number of raw materials that are used for basket weaving. It could range from roots of trees, twigs, grasses, reeds, twigs and even some types of raffia. Willows are also commonly used for weaving baskets. As technology evolved, new materials were discovered and today it is common to see baskets being woven using plastic as the base materials. Since nylon threads come in different shapes and colors it is possible to come out with some of the most stunning baskets woven intricately using various colors. There are others who also use steel wool and other such materials for weaving baskets.
The Style And Design
There are many factors which design the design and style of woven baskets. It would depend on the type of fiber or base material that is being used. Conversely, if a specific design is being planned, the fiber has to be chosen accordingly. Fibers which are used are in the form of flat and flexible materials. On the other hand round rods, twigs are usually not very flexible and weaving baskets out of them requires special skills.
The designs of various baskets have also evolved over time. There are many which are based on historic types and there are others which are made based on existing design. The end use of the basket also determines the shape, size and design. Hence as far as design and other related aspects are concerned, quite a few things must be taken into account and looked at from the right perspective.
The manufacturing process of baskets also follows some set rules and regulations and the same have again evolved over time. Once a specific design has been finalized, the next job is to find suitable materials and the required tools are also made available. Then the process of assembling the baskets starts. Different processes are adopted which again would depend on the type of fiber and materials which are being used. In fine, there is no doubt that it is a fascinating piece of artwork which will continue to remain relevant even perhaps a few centuries from today.
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