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A Shallow Woven Basket: Mountain Grape Vine

Written on September 29, 2012

The split vines of the wild mountain grape were a common material for fashioning baskets in rural areas of old Japan, and baskets were woven in various forms depending on their intended use.Although mountain grape vines were a commonly woven basket material in Japan, good examples are collectible today.  Other materials used to weave baskets were akebia vine, various types of sedge, rice straw, and other wild vines that could be foraged for on mountains sides and in forests.Often baskets were woven as deep, wide pouches that would be carried on the back, similar in shape to this one here.The oval-shaped, shallow basket with a handle is a bit unusual–and clearly it was woven in this form to serve a particular purpose.The photos above and below give a good sense of the individual fibers: tough, woody and strong.

This beauty measures 12″ x 21″ x 12″ or 30 cm x 53 cm x 30 cm and it probably dates to the mid-20th century.


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  1. Comment by velma:

    just like the mountain baskets of appalachia. lovely

    September 29, 2012 @ 9:30 pm