Nantucket Lightship Baskets: Carrying On Tradition

New Britain Museum of American Art - Nantucket Lightship Baskets: Carrying On Tradition
Oct. 29, 2010 - Jan. 23, 2011 Map

The exhibit Nantucket Lightship Baskets: Carrying On Tradition will showcase the delicate, artistic, yet extremely practical baskets that have been used as a means of conveyance for hundreds of years. The exhibition will feature three periods of basket making: The early Lightship-made Baskets, Post Lightship era Nantucket-made Baskets and the innovative shapes and uses of Contemporary Baskets. Baskets featured will include historic examples created by makers such as members of the Ray family, José Formoso Reyes and contemporary master Michael Kane.

A portion of the exhibit will be dedicated to hands-on activities that visitors can participate in. Materials for this activity have been donated by The BasketMakers Catalog.

Nantucket Lightship Baskets are one of the most widely recognized regional basketry styles in the world today. These baskets; mold woven, constructed of splint or cane staves, cane weavers and solid wood base plates have their origins on the Island of Nantucket in Massachusetts. They have been made in a wide spectrum of variations since the early 1800's. During those times basketry served an important function as a common container. Basketmaking was a well developed trade which had been a shared technology between European settlers and native inhabitants using the indigenous plant materials of the area.

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