Pine Needle Basket, Hand Coiled and Dyed, Tall Hoop Handle
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It's not surprising to find a fine pine needle basket like this one in Florida, since the Sunshine State has lots of pine trees and the Seminole Indians were the first tribe known to make baskets from the needles. This basket is beautifully made--tightly coiled with a tall hoop handle that's wrapped at the top for comfortable carrying. The coils are held together with strips of sisal from the maguey plant, AKA agave or century plant. The "ruffled" appearance is due to the ends of the needles that were left free instead of secured under the sisal. Many of the needles are dyed either green or red and used in cascading rows on the body of the basket and on the handle.
This basket is good-sized: 9 inches in diameter, 14 inches tall including the handle, about 4 inches tall without and weighing 1 1/2 pounds. In exceptional condition, with no breaks to the sisal, a full complement of pliable needles and excellent color, this basket is a beautiful one of a kind piece for any collection.