Welcome to Cherokee Baskets
- connect with the weaving community,
- learn about Cherokee Basket Weaving,
- learn about natural dyes,
- or purchase hand woven Cherokee baskets, weaving kits, materials and books,
- check out our links to favorite places
Created by Peggy Shelden, an accomplished basket weaver and teacher, this site features the products of several basket weavers (see Bios). Also you will find a link to all things related to the basket weaving community here.
Cherokee and other Southeast Indian rivercane double woven baskets are the oldest form of basketry in the Southeast. By varying the under/over interval, bias plaiting has been used to create other decorative structural patterns such as zigzags and diamonds. Before the Cherokee were removed, baskets were an integral part of the women's role in the tribe.
Weaving Cherokee basket twill patterns honors Ka no he lv hi, the old ways. Although the names of the designs (see examples here), Mountain Peaks, Peace Pipe, Flowing Water and Man in Coffin, are not ancient, the designs continue to conjure visions of ancient Cherokee culture. It is has been said baskets manifest joys, sorrows, dreams, ideals and longings for the beautiful.
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Products are added daily. We hope to finish editing the web site this summer. If you would like some information, or want to buy product, please let us know