Xerophyllum tenax: beargrass,
Indian basket grass, Squaw-grass, soap-grass, Quip-Quip, bear grass, bear-grass,
plant information for growing and its use in flower arranging, basket making
Birch Bark Containers and
In this section of her extensive NativeTech site
Tara Prindle presents the use of Birch
Bark by Native Americans.
Black Ash Natural
Plant identification, cultivating, harvesting and processing
Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra) as a natural material used for basketmaking.
Information about the use of cattail leaves in basketweaving. Identification, harvesting,
processing, storing and usage tips are offered.
Make cordage of natural materials like dogbane, cedar, basswood, milkweed, sweetflag,
bullrush, cattail and sedge with instructions from NativeTech.
Four Pomo Basketry
Willow, sedge, bulrush root and redbud are used in traditional Californian Pomo basketry.
Lake Sonoma Dam Drowns
The ongoing battle to save the traditional basketry plants such as wooly sedge (Carex
languinosa), from destruction by dam building projects.
Pomo Basketry Materials
Photograph of Pomo basketry materials from Professor Ron Johnson at Humboldt State
University - sedge (white), redbud (red), willow.
The åkgak tree (pronounced awhk-gahk) or the screw pine. The only type of pandanus tree
that is used for weaving.
Plant Reference Images
University of Wisconsin offers images of plant specimens. Searchable by phylum, family or genus.
Rattan / Reed
Find out about how basket reed is produced from the core of a thorny palm (mostly genera Calamus, Daemonorops or Plectomia) which grows like
a vine into the forest canopy of the jungles of South East Asia and Indonesia.
This article is directed to furniture makers, but will teach you how to rive
green "tree wet" wood such as white oak that can be used in basket
Waveney Rush Industry of Suffolk, England offers a description of how rush products are
harvested, braided and stitched into finished baskets, matting and other products.
Spruce Root Basket
Description of Sitka spruce root processing for basketry as practiced by the Alaska
Tlingit. Includes a legend of the making of the first basket.
The history of the sweetgrass basket industry in the southeast, notably Mt. Pleasant, SC
and the challenges faced because of development.
Tree and Tradition
This article details the use of Brown Ash in Maine Native American Basketmaking.
If you need information about or an image of a particular plant material, it is likely to
White Oak Woodsplint
Robert Haygens describes and illustrates the process of preparing white oak splints.
Indigenous materials including palm, grapevine, manilla fiber, jute roving, antlers, long
leaf pine needles, philodendron, raffia, gourds, wheat and sisal along with the more
Native Basketry Plant Materials
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