Types of Basketry

A basket is a versatile container that can be made of a wide range of materials and is made out of a number of different materials, such as wood, wicker, nylon, and sometimes plastic. Most baskets are typically made of natural plant materials like wood, wicker, or horn, while other materials like metal wire, baleen, or horsehair may also be used. Many baskets are woven manually by hand. However, there are a few automated manufacturing processes that can speed up the process significantly.


Automated basket making processes have become extremely popular in the last two decades or so. This is because automated basket makers allow for significantly faster product production, allowing for a more economical use of labor in the production of baskets. Automated basket making processes include a number of different types of machinery. The most common forms are:

* Woven baskets – Automated woven baskets have a large number of uses, especially for museum art and native American basketry. Baskets of Native American kiva ladders, for example, are often made with an automated loom, although sometimes human intervention is still necessary. In general, automated woven baskets are more durable and less subject to damage than their manually woven counterparts. They may be slightly more expensive than standard woven baskets, but they pay for themselves over time, as the savings in energy and utility bills are well worth it.

* Automated basketry – The creation of synthetic baskets is usually part of a larger research project or laboratory activity. Automated material processes have been used to create composite materials including plastics, nuggets, clays, and many other potential objects. A basketry noun is another term for a material that has been formed through automated means. Examples include nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene, Dacron, Spandex, and many others. Some materials created in this manner can easily pass for other naturally occurring objects (e.g. rubber, nylon, plastic, cloth) depending on the way the sample is formed.

* Enclosed basketry – A basketry noun is also a synonym for basket, and this form includes any container made by a basket, such as a wicker basket, a basket made of ceramic, or even a cheese basket (which is an enclosed basket). Baskets of all shapes and sizes can be found in museums all around the world. The most common materials included in basketry are paper, silk, jute, sisal, jute, cardemom, chenille, flax, grass, hemp, mohair, animal sinew, yarn, carpet, fur, horn, feathers, felt, leather, plant fiber, and synthetic materials. Paper basketry, for example, may be found almost anywhere – from an individual desk, to a large frame made for hanging clothes, to the walls of palaces and stately homes. In the past, only the rich and the elite had access to these materials. But in modern times, due to improvements in technology, making a basket has become much more affordable and accessible to everyone.

* Decorative basketry – a decorative basket includes items such as lacy or feathered flowers, faux pearls, or small pumpkins (which look like fruits but don’t have to be), seeds or plants, dried or fresh fruit and vegetables, crystals, gemstones, shells, pottery, or silverware. These can all be used to decorate a basket to create a new or unique look that will enhance your current decor. Some people create a centerpiece display by placing all of the decorative items inside a clear or colored basket, and using a series of different layered containers to create a layered look, adding texture with different textures and colors to complement the main basket. Decorative baskets can also be painted to match the theme of an event.