Medium White & Tan Willow Apache Burden Basket

Item No: 4660

$ 76.00

  • Handcrafted by Apache artists, this beautifully-made burden basket celebrates the well-known legacy of basketry in Apache culture. The basket was woven by hand from light and dark strips of willow, creating a striking geometric pattern, then adorned with lengths of buckskin and tin. Originally developed by the Apache for collecting and carrying food, burden baskets are celebrated today as a fine art form. They are often hung just outside the door of homes to represent leaving your burdens at the door before entering. A must-have for every home, this lovely burden basket is a beautiful and inspiring way to bring a centuries-old art form into your everyday life.

    • Basket handcrafted by Apache artists
    • Willow
    • Buckskin with tin tips
    • Traditional Apache burden basket with carry strap for hanging
    • Basket measures 19-1/2” long x 3-5/8”
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

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  • This burden basket was handcrafted by skilled Apache artists using high-quality materials and traditions passed down from earlier generations. Basketry is one of the most celebrated art forms in Apache culture, and Apache artists continue to create burden baskets that are highly prized and collected around the world.
  • The Apache have a long history of basket-making, and it is one of the most celebrated art forms in their culture. In the past they created many types of baskets, including trays, ollas, bowls and burden baskets, and used these in all aspects of daily life. The most common style of Apache basket today is the burden basket, a cone-shaped basket with a flat or round bottom. Usually, the rim of the basket is wrapped in buckskin and strips of buckskin with tin tips hang from the basket’s body. Most also come with a carry strap. Historically, the Apache were a nomadic people, and burden baskets were an efficient tool for collecting and carrying food. They are made from all-natural fibers, including devil’s claw, willow and yucca root, and an artist constructs them by wrapping fibers around a central core of plant fiber. Most feature beautiful designs including geometric forms, animals motifs or cultural symbols. Today, burden baskets are made to be enjoyed in the home and are also used in some Apache ceremonies. Traditionally, they are hung just outside the entrance to a home, to represent leaving one’s burdens at the door before entering. Many contemporary Apache artists create exquisite handcrafted burden baskets in a variety of sizes, celebrating and honoring the Apache tradition of basket-making.
  • 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 basket-making 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.

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  • 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. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.
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