The Tohono O’odham are the most prolific American Indian basket weavers working today, with more than 300 active weavers. Although weaving has traditionally been done by women, O’odham men have always participated in basket production by gathering basket materials. Today, as the Tohono O’odham strive to maintain their traditions, it is becoming increasingly common for men to weave in addition to gathering supplies. Razor-sharp beargrass is shredded, bundled, and wound to produce the strong inner coil. Patterns are woven around and through this coil using sun-bleached white or unbleached green yucca as well as the difficult-to-prepare black devil’s claw.
- Artist-Laura Pablo
- Dimensions- 10.25" x 10.25" x 2"