Work of the Week — “Single Weave Rivercane Basket with Bloodroot and Walnut dyes” by Emma Garrett
by Haley Clement
In honor of our new exhibition Home Land, this week’s featured piece is Emma Garrett’s Single Weave Rivercane Basket with Bloodroot and Walnut dyes, currently on view at our temporary location (175 Biltmore Avenue). The artist is a Cherokee basket weaver who lives in the Snowbird community and often works with rivercane (a very common material used by the Cherokee in the art of basket weaving) to create her beautifully designed baskets. Cherokee baskets are known for their beauty, durability and technical complexity, and Garrett’s basket here is no exception. Made primarily by women, woven baskets play an important role in Cherokee culture, as it is a celebration of time-honored values and a record of history.
What I love about this piece is the complexity of the design and the fact that it was created with natural materials. The chain-like pattern at the neck of the basket combined with the almost zigzag-like feature on its belly reveal a great deal of skill and craftsmanship, and I could not be any more impressed.
Want to see more Cherokee baskets from our Permanent Collection? Visit us at our temporary location through October 22!
Artwork above: Emma Garrett, Single Weave Rivercane Basket with Bloodroot and Walnut dyes, 2010, basket on rivercane, 10.13 x 10.38 x 10.25 inches. Anonymous gift in honor of the Museum’s 65th anniversary. 2014.02.04.58.