180409-10 Hopi Wicker Basket Third Mesa
Hopi Wicker Basket, c. 1910, 14" diameter. This was stored upside down preserving the strong colors of the front side, faded on the back side. A striking piece.
Hopi baskets also serve as a kind of currency within the community. They are traded, used for paying obligations, and often sold to traders and collectors for real currency. Significantly, the baskets are essential in each traditional Hopi wedding, as the bride's family pays back the groom's family for making the bride's wedding clothes with baskets. This `payback' can take a year or more to complete and require the making of up to a 100 new baskets.