Wicker Baskets are made from sustainable materials. The wicker, or willow as it is sometimes referred to, is harvested from the Willow tree. The tree, which looks more like a shrub, is fast growing, which allows it to be cut back each season making it an environmentally sustainable material. Willow grows prolifically throughout the Northern Hemisphere but is actually native to China, which is where many wicker baskets originate. The manufacture of wicker products are often the main source of income to the local villagers, so its growing, harvesting and production are good for the wider community.
Colours of Willow for Wicker Baskets
Green Wicker Wicker that is untreated.
Constructing Wicker Baskets
The core parts of a wicker basket are the base, the side walls, and the rim. Some wicker baskets may also have a handle, lid, fastenings or embellishments.
The starting point for making a wicker basket is the base. The base can either be woven or solid wood can be used. The 'static' pieces of the basket are put down first. These pieces are known as 'spokes' if the basket is round, or 'stakes' or 'staves' in other shape baskets. Once the base is in place, the sides are woven into places.
Many different patterns can be made by changing the size, colour, or by placement of a certain style of weave. Wicker baskets have become very popular because they are light, robust and
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