Pomo twined winnowing tray


Pomo twined winnowing tray


circa 1890-1910

20 1/2" diameter x 7" high

sedge, rosebud and willow

excellent condition



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The Pomo Indians of Central California are considered to be among the finest basketry weavers in the world. With an abundance of natural resources (they lived in communities between Clear Lake and the Pacific Ocean), they had the time and quality of materials to develop versatile and varied weaving skills.

The Pomo wove twined baskets as well as coiled baskets. Their twining included some very intricate and difficult forms. Their methods of coiling  included single-rod and three-rod coiling. In addition, they frequently  wove shells and feathers into their gift (fancy) baskets.

Very few weavers had such a variety and mastery of basketry weaving. Their utilitarian and gift baskets were equally complex and beautiful.

This basket is an example of plain twining. It is woven out of willow, sedge and redbud. The designs  are banded and illustrate several different methods of twisting and wrapping the stitches.  Notice the rows and bands in this basket that have "raised" stitches. This is accomplished by the weaver adding additional warp(s) to the basket and using a different method of twining. It is a remarkable work of beauty that has survived in excellent condition, in spite of its utilitarian purpose as a winnowing tray.

Please also examine the close-up photo for variations in the patterns of each design band. These variations are known as "dau" marks and are said to be the weaver's own designs and identification marks (*Barbara Winter, "More About Dau Marks, American Indian Art Magazine, Autumn 1996, Vol 21, Number 4, pp. 44-51.)