A reviver of a nearly lost art of basketmaking, Andrew Harvier(Taos/Santa Clara/Tohono O'odham) has handcrafted this wonderful red willow basket.
Each basket is created using red willow grown and harvested along the Rio Grande river and region. The willow is hand-gathered, sorted, and woven into wonderful baskets and figurines.
This beautiful and versatile basket is well-constructed, and great for storing items or decorating your home or office.
- Platter handcrafted by Andrew Harvier (Santa Clara/Taos/Tohono O'odham)
- Red willow
- Traditional willow platter
- Basket measures 18-1/2” diameter x 2” high
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Andrew Harvier is a traditional and contemporary basket-maker, potter, and jeweler. He is of Santa Clara, Taos and Tohono O'odham ancestry, and his career spans more than 48 years. He resides in Santa Clara with his wife Judith.
Andrew learned to make red willow baskets in 1974, and has evolved his style to what he calls "Northern Rio Grande Basketry." Each basket is created using red willow grown and harvested along the Rio Grande river and region. The willow is hand-gathered, sorted, and woven into wonderful baskets and figurines. Colors of willow range from light buff tans to greens, golden browns, and deep plum red. White willows are achieved by peeling or skinning the stems and exposing the inside tones.
The Tohono O’odham are a Native American people who live in Arizona’s Sonoran desert, and have been making handmade baskets for generations. Their baskets serve both ceremonial and everyday functions, and are made in much the same way today as they were hundreds of years ago. Using plants native to southern Arizona, they construct beautiful handmade baskets using the traditional coil technique.
To create a basket, an artist wraps yucca and devil’s claw fibers around a base of bear grass. No dyes are used and the variation in color comes from the selection of natural materials. White and green are created from yucca fibers, red from yucca root, and black from devil’s claw.
Tohono O’odham baskets often feature unique geometric designs that represent wind, clouds, lightning, sun rays, deer, coyote, and other elements of nature. Today basket-making remains an important part of Tohono O’odham culture.
Baskets are one of the oldest-known forms of Native American art, and today, one of the most valuable and widely collected.
For centuries, Native American cultures have made baskets in a wide variety of forms and styles and used them for carrying, serving, storage, and more. In addition to their utilitarian value, baskets were also appreciated for their incredible beauty, and skill in basketmaking was a source of pride for Native communities.
In the Southwest, baskets were often made from sumac, willow, or yucca in both coiled and woven styles. The Hopi, Apache, Tohono O’Odham and Navajo are most known for their basketry, and today many skilled artists from these cultures create exquisite traditional baskets using all-natural plant fibers and methods passed down from their ancestors.
Basketry remains a diverse Native American art form as artists create pieces with a variety of contemporary and traditional designs, carrying on an important legacy in their timeless works of art.Read our Native American Baskets Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase, and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.
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