This delicate twined basket was made by a woman in the Aleutian Islands area using local Northwest Coast grasses and silk embroidery thread. Such baskets were likely made for sale to tourists and were designed to hold trinkets and other small items.
split grasses, silk embroidery floss
Basket 14 cm (h) x 16 cm (dia); Lid 7 cm (h) x 16.5 cm (dia)
The C2 Centre for Craft is located in what we now know as Manitoba, the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Ininiwak, Dene, Anishininewuk, Dakota Oyate, Inuit Peoples, and the national homeland of the Red River Métis. These lands include territory subject to Treaties 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10.
Craft occupies a space that has the hand and the handmade at its centre. It rejoices in sharing knowledge and solving problems. It stems from, creates, and nurtures community. It allows us to build bridges through shared action, but also fosters courage, empathy, and connection.
We acknowledge the deep harm caused by settlement, and we look forward to using craft in our efforts towards reconciliation and positive change.