Afro-Libyan Cultural Traditions

Basketry — the intricate interlacing, tying and braiding of dyed and dried palm leaves into baskets, trays, carpets and wall decor, is a thousand-year-old tradition in Tuareg. (Continue reading…)

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Helen Leaf

  I work with ply-split braiding and fibre basketry techniques, making bowls, baskets and vessels. Wool is my preferred weaving fibre, and I also work with bark and plant fibres. I make my own tools and draw on… Read More

Basketry Dreams of a Brighter Future

For the Ro Ngao (a branch of the Ba Na ethnic minority), basketry is considered absolutely central to the very soul of their cultural identity. A Yak, 62, learnt to make baskets from his father as a young… Read More

Contemporary Basketry: Bamboo

Work by Tanabe Kochikusai, this week on Carol Eckert’s blog, Contemporary Basketry.

Carol Eckert: First Place: The Fall of Icarus

Congratulations to NBO member Carol Eckert on being awarded First Place at the Fiber Arts X juried exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts for her piece, “Fall of Icarus”. Fiber Arts X is a biennial, juried, international… Read More

Charleston Sweetgrass Basket Tradition Fights for Survival

In an article for “The State” newspaper, Caitlin Bird examines how, “Today, these makers, who call themselves sewers, speak of a discouraging reality intertwined with a personal quest to keep a Gullah tradition alive.” (Photo of Betty Manigault).

NBO Member Exhibition: “Every 1”

 Every 1 is an all-inclusive, members-only basketry exhibition that demonstrates the breadth and scope of the basketry that NBO members create.  Online through December 31, 2021.  Enjoy!

Jean Poythress Koon

For the last decade  I have been  exploring the potential of combining  of  salvaged metals  and coiled  pine needle basketry to create sculptural forms. It has been a good artistic fit and has become my voice –  a… Read More

Judy Gibson King

Inspired by my grandmother who made colorful quilts using fabric from flour sacks and worn-out clothing, I enjoy giving vintage fabrics a new life. I work primarily with cotton and silk, transforming kitchen aprons, bridesmaid dresses and other… Read More