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Basketry is one of the oldest humankind art forms, and it is certainly traditional and cultural icon surrounds with myth and motif, religion and symbolism, and decoration as well as usefulness. Basketry, in fact, encompasses a wide range of objects from nearly rigid, box-like carriers to mesh sacks. Baskets range in size from “burden baskets” that are as much as 3 ft (91.44 cm)in diameter to tiny collectibles 0.25 in (0.64 cm) in diameter.
Other baskets are made by machines, however, part of the ethnic is that baskets are defined as receptacles that are woven by hand of vegetable fibers-abaca. They are woven in that their fibers are twisted together, but, unlike the weaving of textiles, tension is not placed on length-wise threads (the warp) because the fibers are less flexible than threads.
A basket is part of the cultural heritage of nearly each native people, and kinds of construction differ as radically as other customs and crafts. Uses for baskets may be the most uniting feature. Dry food is gathered, stored, and served in baskets; liquids are also retained in baskets that have been waterproofed. Basket-making techniques are used for clothing, hats, and mats. Their variety and clever construction also make baskets desirable as decorations in primitive cultures as well as modern homes.
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