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Hand crafted basket of sweet grass with a sweet grass and birch bark lid. The top of the lid is decorated with a porcupine quill flower. Sweet grass represents the hair of our Mother the Earth. Sweet grass is related to the North and the body, it is cleansing to the body and spirit
This sweet grass has been grown organically in my yard, respectfully tended and harvested in the old way with the traditional offerings and prayers of thanksgiving to the Creator and plant spirit. .
Simple coiled baskets like these have been made by native peoples for generations. They used these fragrant baskets to keep clothing and everyday items fresh and clean and also to keep ceremonial items in when not in use. Baskets were made in different sizes for different purposes. Very small baskets were sometimes made to hold umbilical cords and some tribes made special shaped baskets to hold personal items such as scissors, awls and other sewing items. Mats were also made by weaving sweet grass together. When I make my braids I save these shorter pieces for baskets such as this. This is my tenth basket and my first quillwork basket available for sale. It took many hours to create and frankly I lost track of the time, I have been working on it for several days and have enjoyed learning to do quillwork. I used artificial sinew for the thread, waxed colored thread (usually black) is another traditional thread that I have also used. Your basket will turn brown over time as the grass ages but the wonderful smell will remain true. Do not store in direct sunlight. This basket is not sprayed or coated with any preservatives; it is left in its natural state as intended. This basket measures approximately 3.5" in diameter and is 1.5" tall.
This is a beautiful little basket, what you choose to store in it is up to you.
The last photo is not included in this listing, it is another basket I made using a ceramic start of Serpent Mound which I also made. Just getting started making these and might be available here soon.

Sweet grass basket with porcupine quillwork lid

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