Sherpa Doka (back basket)


Humanities Info Card | Updated 5 years ago

Registration Number: F3030

Location: Solo khumbu, Nepal

Stitch Type: Seven-step caning

Collection Date: 1970

Description:  An open wickerwork basket made from split bamboo, rattan and rope straps with a leather headband, wooden hooks and rings. It features a long cone shape with rounded bottom and has been blackened with wood smoke from the central cooking fire in a Sherpa house.

Curator Story


Termed a 'Sherpa Dhoka' (or Back Basket), the piece was bought near the Namche Bazaar, a large village of around 1600 residents. The baskets headband is worn straight across the forehead to assist in holding a load.