Hopi Basket Weaving

Item No: 26265

$ 22.95

  • Generations of Hopi weavers have passed down knowledge of techniques and materials from the plant world around them, from mother to daughter, granddaughter, or niece. This book is filled with photographs and detailed descriptions of their beautiful baskets--the one art, above all others, that creates the strongest social bonds in Hopi life. In these pages, weavers open their lives to the outside world as a means of sharing an art form especially demanding of time and talent.

    • Author: Helga Teiwes
    • Paperback: 200 pages
    • Publisher: University of Arizona Press (October 1, 1996)
    • ISBN-10: 0816516154
    • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Helga Kulbe Teiwes was born in Dusseldor, Germany in 1930. After war ended Teiwes returned to school and in 1950 began a trade apprenticeship in photography. She worked under master photographer Erna Hehmke-Wintere, a well-known specialist in black and white portraiture and architectural and industrial photography. In 1960 Helga emigrated to New York. She held several jobs, including a darkroom worker and assistant to the photographer for Cartier Jewelers. In 1964 Teiwes was hired by Dr. Emil Haury of the University of Arizona to photograph his excavation of Snaketown, a massive Hohokam site on the Gila River Indian Reservation south of Phoenix. After that project wound down, Teiwes became the Arizona State Museum’s staff photographer, devoting her professional life to documenting the rich archaeological and cultural landscapes of her new home. Although she retired from ASm in 1993, legacy lives on in the thousands of images she created that are housed in the Musuem’s photographic collections.
  • The art of basket-making has been practiced by generations of Hopi women. In Hopi culture, they are used for both ceremonial and everyday functions and are made in much the same way today as they were centuries ago. There are three techniques for making Hopi baskets: wicker, plaiting and coiling. The wicker and coil methods are used to create plaque and bowl baskets, while plaiting is generally used to make trays. Wicker baskets are usually made from sumac and rabbit brush, plaited baskets from sumac and dune brush, and coiled baskets from rabbit brush and yucca. In all three techniques, plant fibers are wrapped around a central stem of bundled plant fiber. In their baskets, Hopi artists create complex geometric patterns and beautiful designs in yellow, red and black hues that come from natural and synthetic dyes. Baskets are used to hold food, prayers sticks, prayer feathers, and as decoration in the home, and they also play an important role in weddings and dances. A revered art form passed down from their ancestors, baskets continue to play an important cultural role in Hopi life.
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