Baskets of mainland Southeast Asia
This the finest one of these that we’ve ever seen and they’re not that common. It is woven of very fine vine and has the distinctive Cambodian curved braiding pattern on both the ‘bowl’ and the pedestal. Made with fourteen different levels, it is an elegant and sophisticated example of basketry. Condition is very good with only two small breaks on the rim.
Size: 5.5″ h (avg.) x 11.5″ dia.
This sweet little pedestal basket was all woven in one piece and is obviously quite old.We love the spiral design in the bowl of it and the simplicity, as well as the size. It has a stiffness that suggests it’s been lacqurered, but the basket weave is readily apparent. Condition is quite good.
Size: 3.5″ h +/- x 6.25 dia.
Small and sweet, this liittle basket is either for a child, or for very little fish. It has lovely patination and a handmade braided cord. We see larger versions of this kind of basket, but never one so small. Condition is quite good.
Size: 6.25 in. x 3 in.; base 2.5 in. x 4.25 in.
Full of nice details, this basket is from the Karen people and utilizes a variety of vines and bamboo in several colors. Different weaving techniques form different patterns which are quite attractive, and contrasting colors add to the effect. Note the use of four thin vines to ornament the sides, back and front. This basket was used for gathering in the forests. Condition is excellent, but it lacks the shoulder strap.
Size: Basket: 9.37″ h x 7.25″ dia.
Once more common, but now not found often in good condition or without an exaggerated tilt, old pedestal baskets like this were used to present offerings. One can still see this protocol in use when gifts are presented to the royals. This one is rattan and mellowed to a dark golden hue. It has a slight lean, but not so much as to make it unusable. It could hold a collection of small items, or even a freshly baked pie.
Size: 10″ dia. X 8″ h
Possibly from the Bru-Van Kieu, a Mon Khmer people of the Central Highlands, and used to serve sticky rice, this handsome design is very traditional. Condition is very good with bamboo legs and woven rattan bowl. (Please see p.83, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology Catalogue.)
Size: 8″ x 8.5″ x 6″h
From somewhere in Burma, we originally thought these were from the Kayah group, but are not sure. Very nicely woven of fine vines, it uses three different weaving patterns. This is a basket for gathering, with a wooden slab on the back to hold a knife and protect the carrier. A shoulder strap is missing, but the basket is in good condition otherwise. We don’t see these very often and the condition is usually not good.
Size: Basket: 7.25″h x 4.5″ dia.; OA: 11.4″h
This handsome old gathering basket was skillfully woven with numerous fine details such as the side loops made of small branches, the wrapped verticals, decorative wrapping on the foot connections at the base, and the lovely braiding on the rim. The basket maker also used dark and light bamboo to create a pattern. Baskets like this are rarely found today.
Size: 9 in.wide x 9 in. high x 9 in. diameter
Thisattractive old gathering basket was skillfully woven with fine details such as the skillfully wrapped verticals, feet attached with wrapped loops at the wooden base, and the reinforced rim. The basket maker also used dark and light bamboo to create a pattern. Baskets like this are not often found today.
Size: 11 in. high x 10 in. diameter x 5.25 in. at base
This lovely bamboo and rattan basket is not only in excellent condition, but has nice details. Woven with two patterns, it has the upper pattern in two colors and different sized bands of bamboo, while the lower pattern is one color and wider bands. The bottom of the corner legs are reinforced with handsome weaving which forms an attractive design. The top rim is also reinforced with skillful woven work and additional bands below. We don’t see nice baskets like this anymore, especially in such good condition.
Size: 10.25 in. diameter x 10.75 in. high
Very finely made and detailed, this is the best one we’ve found. It’s smaller than some and the maker has scaled down the materials: fine vines form a pattern at the top, with an attractively reinforced flare at the opening (see detail 1); delicate ‘arms’ at the side keep a strap in place, and are held in place by knotted and braided vines (side 2 and 3). This type of basket is carried at the waist of many hill-dwellers in Thailand, Laos, and Burma, and is used to hold a machete-like multipurpose knife. Be prepared!
Size: 13.25in. h. x 4.33 in. w. x 4 in. dia. at top
This very attractive old basket is woven with interesting patterns in several sizes of split bamboo which form a radiating pattern that is quite modern and unusual. The handle has additional detailing with sections simply wrapped followed by sections of braided wrapping. The handle then splits into two legs to join the bowl of the basket and add strength. Very beautiful form and design for a utilitarian object. Condition is very good with only minor repair on the bottom, as might be expected.
Size: 12″ l x 8.75″ w x 9″ h
This handsome, darkly stained and patinated basket is from Laos or possibly northern Thailand. Finely made and with nice details, it is a lovely example of a basket made for gathering. The original woven carrying strap is still attached in its original configuration. There are a few broken bits and one small hole, but otherwise it is in very good condition for an old, utilitarian basket.
Size: 12.5 in. diameter x 9.25 in. high
An elegantly tall version of a back-carried gathering basket, this example was carefully made with lots of nice details. The body has a diamond pattern that looks like a stylized flower on a stalk, with the bands on the lower three inches reversing direction such as roots would do below ground. The rim is reinforced with attractive weaving, most of which is intact; an old break is visible. Several well-done repairs attest to its use and care. The backstrap is still attached and includes some creative repairs, as well as breakage. A wood base protects the bottom nicely. We seldom see this style available anymore.
Size: 12 in. diameter x 19 in. high
Of the style called 'flower basket', and used by women to carry flowers to the temple for ceremonies, this lovely old basket has some nice details such as the plinth-like base, different weaving patterns, and decorative inserts at each side of the handle. Condition is quite good and the patina is golden and lovely. This is a fine example of the genre.
Size: 13.5″ x 10.75″ x 13.75″ h
Unusual in shape, this Lao basket appears to have had Japanese design influence. Quite tall for a flower basket, it also has a handle with attractive woven designs at three points. Other attractive details include woven wraps on the lower part of the handles as well as structural loop attachments. The outer body has a pleasing woven pattern which is different from the one inside. The four vertical ‘legs’ are decoratively attached to the wood base. This is a rare find in excellent condition.
Size: 7.5 in. diameter x 16.25 in. high; handle 10.25 in.high
This large, old, handsome rattan basket is from Burma and was used for many purposes. It is beautifully woven with several different techniques, and in quite good condition with an intact lid and handles. The red color is the same as on Burmese lacquerware, possibly from cinnabar pigment.
Size: 10″h x 20″Ø