Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - A Gem of Basketry - Southern Yokuts border=
Title:
A Gem of Basketry - Southern Yokuts
Date:
1924
Size:
Volume, 12.5 x 9.5 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
This hand colored ledger depicts a Southern Yokuts basket. This particular basket is very well crafted and displays interesting designs. The Yokuts people were extremely skilled in the art of basketry and it was the only manufacturing industry they had. The tribe uses both a coil technique as well as a twined technique to create baskets. This photogravure was made in 1924 by Edward S Curtis and is currently on display in our Aspen Art Gallery.

“The Materials for coiled basketry are the stems of a grass which the Chukchansi call chinis for the multiple foundation, and shreds of the root-stock of a sedge, solosul, for the wrap. Black designs are effected by an overlay wrapping root fiber of sapasip dyed by burial in mud; and reddish designs by the use of the bark of redbud. A recent innovation is to add bits of a brighter ornamentation by employing the orange colored quills of the yellowhammer.” - Edward Curtis
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