Classic American Indian Basketry
Classic American Indian basketry completed between 1890 and 1930 embodies a distinct and premier art form collected worldwide. These pieces reflect the beauty, culture and heritage of a largely lost tradition. Basketry is a labor intensive fiber art involving the weaving of natural materials like bark, straw, wood, or grass, into vessels through a variety of techniques. Materials are painstakingly gathered, cut, peeled and prepared before weaving even begins. Woven into each piece are stories and songs of people long passed. It is this enduring connection between nature, humanity and fine art that connects so many with American Indian basketry. Explore our selection of featured classic and vintage American Indian basketry below – if you have any questions of our experts don’t hesitate to contact us at the email above.
Featured Artists: Fred & Della Cruz
Meet Fred and Della Cruz two great ambassadors of modern Tohono O’odham basketry. We feel very fortunate to be able to call them our friends. They are representative of many cultural artists today. They continue with time honored traditions, staying connected to a unique creative process and in the end make pennies on the dollar for the amazing art they produce. Like many others, they also highly depend on their art to make a living. Although, all cultural artists benefit by your purchases with us, as a social enterprise we are giving Fred and Della an extra boost by returning 75% of the proceeds of their basket sales directly back to them. Please show your support for their unique basketry and for their time honored traditions by purchasing their baskets.
If you want an unforgettable learning experience we can arrange special basket making workshops with Fred and Della that can come to you or can be arranged in Southern Arizona. Want a private customized cultural tour of the Tohono O’odham reservation? Contact us and we can help make arrangements that meet your time and budget for groups large and small.