Sally Black American Flag Design Navajo Basket

Item No: 1934

$ 2,250.00

  • Contact us to inquire about custom / back orders on this and other Sally Black baskets.  

    An exquisite example of a centuries-old Navajo craft, this exquisite basket was handcrafted by Sally Black, one of the most innovative and well-known basket makers working today. The contemporary basket features a unique swirling red, white and blue design inspired by the American flag. Woven by hand from all-natural plant fibers, this basket carries on an important Navajo legacy with a creative, modern aesthetic. Black is widely known for her incredible precision in weaving and her use of contemporary, innovative designs, and this handcrafted basket is an extraordinary work of fine art that will be appreciated by collectors of Native American arts and crafts. 

    • Basket handcrafted by Sally Black (Navajo)
    • Yucca and willow
    • Basket measures 17” x 17” x 2-1/2”
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Sally Black is one of the most prominent and skilled Navajo basket makers work today. Raised in the Monument Valley region of Utah and Arizona, Black is the daughter of Mary Holiday Black, who revitalized the Navajo basket-making world with her innovative contemporary designs. The fineness of Sally Black’s weaving and the creativity of her design is apparent in all of her work, and today her cutting-edge baskets are collected around the world.
  • Basketry is a centuries-old Navajo craft that is still practiced and celebrated today. The Navajo used baskets for a wide variety of everyday functions such as storing food, as well as ceremonial purposes, the most well known being wedding ceremonies. Traditional Navajo baskets feature black and red bands or triangular patterns and a braided rim. Usually, the artist would leave an opening, or spirit line, in the banded design so the spirit of the weaver did not remain in the basket. To make a basket, the artist creates long laces of sumac, willow or yucca by hand then weaves the basket in concentric circles from the center, alternating the laces to create patterns in the design. In recent decades, a group of Navajo weavers led by Mary Black and her family have revitalized Navajo basketry by embracing contemporary designs and incorporating Navajo symbols and vibrant colors not traditionally used in baskets. Today, Navajo basketry is an art form known for its incredible innovation and creativity as artists update an ancient craft with their unique contemporary vision.
  • 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.

    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. 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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