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Baskets and basketry have long been and continue to be an integral part of the material culture of countries around the world. In the past if you wanted to collect baskets from a different country, you had to plan a trip and travel widely to amass a collection from a distant land. The Internet has made it entirely feasible to collect a diverse collection right from the comfort of your own home.

Palm fibers dyed with natural dyestuffs, are used by basketmakers from Zambia, or Botswana in Africa to coil or twine intricately patterned baskets that are a wonder to behold. Africa will also lead you to baskets from Uganda or Burundi made from maize, sorghum, raffia or palm leaf. Or on the other hand, you might have an interest in coiled baskets from Mexico.

Workshops in the Philippines employ many weavers to create a line of bamboo, banana stalk, vine, split rattan or stick baskets available to the wholesale trade. Pitcairn Island is home to a group of industrious weavers who offer shopping, sewing and work baskets. In addition they market fans, table mats and woven hats of pandanus leaves.

European countries are also well represented on the web. You might enjoy painted diagonally plaited splint baskets from Sweden, willow Celtic baskets from Scotland, or rush baskets from England. The winters may be long and hard in Siberia but the craftsmen there create beautiful tooled and stitched birch bark containers which you can collect for a reasonable price.

Asia has a rich basketry tradition and you can collect baskets of rare complexity and beauty from Japan and China including an antique bamboo basket fountain.

Take stock of what you have in your collection and take the plunge. Surf around the world to choose just the right single piece for your personal collection, or an entire selection of exotic baskets for your shop or business.

 

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