Journal — Basketry

The Deep Roots Of Basketry

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The Deep Roots Of Basketry

Traditional examples of basketry can be found in nearly every place in the world that has been inhabited by humans. Basketry, a form of weaving, has been used to make sandals, mats, huts, fish nets, fences for animals, beehives, hats, filters for beer or wine, strainers, rafts, and all forms of storage containers by folks all over the world. Some of the most ancient evidence of basketry can be found in dry caves sites in the now western United States. The arid environmental conditions have allowed for the preservation of materials that would have long degraded in a wetter place....

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A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

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A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

November 19th is National Entrepreneurs Day and in honor of this day we want to spotlight women entrepreneurs. Folkways Culture Kits has fostered a special interest in the livelihood of women artisans such as the women basket weavers from WomenCraft in Tanzania. Here is the story that WomenCraft shared with us: Hadija lives with her seven children in a remote rural village called Mwivuza in the rolling hills of the Kagera region, one of least developed regions in the northwest of Tanzania. Their traditional mud-house is made from the red soil of the area. Kagera is diverse and rich in...

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