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Global economic forces have created a worldwide shortage of rattan, pushing prices ever higher. Wholesale prices have doubled in the United States. That increase, combined with higher shipping costs, has shown up in higher prices for all reed and some smaller sizes are being rationed by retailers.
Jeremy Frey, a Passamaquoddy basketweaver in Maine, recently won Best of Show at the Sante Fe Indian Art Market. He comes from a long line of native weavers. He specializes in ash fancy baskets, a traditional form of… Read More