Authentic Native American Basket


How to Authenticate a Native American Baskets

Native basketry is beautiful in its simplicity.

  • All native baskets that are made with natural materials are finished on both the inside and the outside.
  • There aren’t any broken strands sticking out from the backside of a finished piece.
  • A contemporary basket will usually use a steel ring for the diameter of the basket.
  • Traditional baskets will use a ring made from Native plants.
  • This can easily be checked by moving the strands and looking at the ring itself.
  • Baskets come in various shapes and sizes depending on the tribe.
  • The design will mirror itself from the right to wrong side.
Author: Rosalie Talahongva
Tribal Affiliation: Hopi
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