Baskets have amazing functional qualities. At one time I collected them and hung them all over my kitchen. I’ve kept some useable baskets that I cherish, but for the most part they were decorative. American Indians made them strong and serviceable. And, while they were at it, they decorated them.
If the weave was tight enough, the basket could hold water. It swelled and kept the water in and the owner cool on a hot day. Woven mats kept your seat on a stone softer; kept your food from touching the blanket used for a “table” cloth.
And the baby carrier had a built-in cap to keep the sun off the baby’s head and out of its eyes. I’m in awe of how clever these resourceful people were. If you’d like to see the other pictures I took of the basket collection at Maryhill, click the link below: