Pomo boat-shaped basket

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Pomo boat-shaped basket

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Single-rod, woven out of sedge and dyed bulrush

10" long x 6" wide x 2 1/2" high

20 stitches per inch and 8 coils per inch

Excellent condition with a few broken stitches on the rim

circa 1890-1910

(B0817)

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The Pomo have long been recognized for their exceptional weaving skill. Living in California, from Clear Lake to the ocean, they benefited from an environment that provided readily available food, including fish, animals, plants, and berries. 

This allowed them the time and gave them the materials to weave utilitarian and fancy baskets, both for themselves and for trade with others. They wove in many different styles, utilizing many different weaving techniques, including twining, plaiting, and coiling and varieties of each (such as single-rod and three-rod coiling). Their baskets are recognized as being among the finest in the world.

This basket is in the shape of a boat. The boat form is traditional among the Pomo.  In earlier times, the Pomo wove and used full-sized boats out of tule reeds that they harvested, especially in the Clear Lake region.

With basket, the weaver focused on the shape and making the stitches silky smooth. She was clearly a very skilled weaver as this basket is elegant basket and a delight to hold.