Basket Types

Article | Updated 9 years ago

A section of baskets from the June Colquhoun collection.
Baskets
WA Museum

You might begin thinking of the patience and imagination of the weaver. No two pieces are ever exactly alike… I like to think as I sit and look at my basket collection just how those weavers lived and thought.

June Colquhoun, 1968

A section of baskets from the June Colquhoun collection.

A section of baskets from the June Colquhoun collection.
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A key notion of basketry in every day life is not what baskets are, but instead how they are used. People and cultures around the world have different and interesting ways dealing with day-to-day living depending upon their physical environment and the social interactions they make with those around them. As such, people will design and use every day items in different ways. Baskets are not exception. On the surface level, baskets serve the simple purpose of containing ‘things’. If you look a little deeper, one might find that baskets can tell unique stories about how cultures deal with the need to store, carry and transport objects in the world around them. Each basket can also tell us about the identity of its creator and their sense of art and design, in addition to the aesthetic nature of those who use basket.

The Jun Coluquhon collection contains a number of baskets that represent different ways of every day life, and we have listed a number of these below. Many ethnicities share certain weaving or basketry design practices, illustrating the nature pervasiveness of basket culture around the world.

Lunch box baskets from Bhutan

Lunch box baskets from Bhutan
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Further Reading

Colquhoun, June. (1968) “A-Tisket A-Tasket”. The Australian Women’s Weekly  (1932-1982). Australia. p.14. Retrieved from: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46240503. 2014.