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Date Stem and Grapevine Branches Basket

A woven basket made of date stems and grapevines (two per basket).

Dimensions:                 
Height:       33 cm./13 in.
Diameter:   40 cm./15.7 in.
Weight:       1.25 kg./2.7  lb.

Smooth grapevines give this stable basket added strength and a pleasantly delicate texture.

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I began working with grapevines as part of my basketry R&D, experimenting with them and examining methods of including them in baskets. Grapevines are special because of their motion and curved shape. That is why I fell in love with them and decided to use them along with the more conventional straight branches. Each type of branch has its own qualities and the resulting baskets differ from one another. Every vine has its own message and form, allowing for infinite combinations, each creating a new shape that is always a surprise. Weaving with grapevines never fails to leave me astounded and entertained.

Like a mouth with thick lips that guard all that enters and exits. Words roam through space, each seeking its place. Every mouth has its own words, expressions and phrases that reveal a person’s nature. Everyone has facial features, but each person has a unique face. We do not all look exactly alike. Lips make sure that we admit only the words that belong to us.

Grapevines “distort” the basket, introducing constant movement and dynamics, as though it were waiting for the next wave to break.

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