The red is henna and madder dyes. The material stays in the dye pot a week then into a salt, vinegar, and water bath another week to set the color. The over dye is crushed walnut hull stain. The rim is carved on a shave horse with a draw knife then steam bent to achieve a perfectly round shape.
The shape is a cat’s head, made to sit balanced on its four feet or tilted on its side.
The basket measures approximately13 inches high by 16 inches in diameter.
I am now in my 34th year of basket making with works in museums across the country. This basket, number 10495 comes signed and dated, shipped priority mail.
I have kept a log of everyone who has purchased my work and would love to add your name to my log!