Willow Baskets are made from sustainable materials. The willow, or commonly referred to as wicker, is harvested from what looks like a shrub, but is in fact a Willow tree. The tree is fast growing, which allows a new crop of willow to be harvested each season by cutting the willow back, thus making it an environmentally sustainable material. Willow is native to China, but it also grows prolifically throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Many willow baskets originate in China, where the manufacture of willow products is often the main source of income to the local villagers. The growing and harvesting of willow and the manufacture of willow baskets benefit the wider community.
Willow Baskets - Colours of willow used
Green Willow – This is natural untreated willow.
Willow Baskets - Construction
The basic parts of a willow basket are the base, the side walls, and the rim. Some willow baskets may also have a lid, handle, fastenings and embellishments.
The starting point for making a willow 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. Willow baskets have become very popular because they are light, robust and
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