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Pomo Indian Basketry

S.A. Barrett - 1908

 Gustav's Library Vintage Reprint

Viewed as the authoritative study of the baskets of the Pomo Indians, Barrett states:    

     Basketry, one of the most important and interesting of the textile arts, reached in California a very high state of perfection, connected probably with the fact that the California Indians led sedentary lives in a country abounding in a great variety of vegetation, upon which they depended chiefly for food and shelter, and which at the same time provided many tough pliable fibers which might be woven or coiled into articles of use. The California Indians taken together had a very great variety of materials, forms, methods of manipulation, and ornamentation of basketry. By certain of them, of course, only a limited number of materials, techniques, and designs were used but among others a greater variety was found.
     Among no other California people was there so great a variety in basketry as among the Pomo, who occupied the greater part of Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake counties, and vicinity. It is with the basketry of the Pomo, and particularly with its designs and other ornamentation, that the present paper has to deal.

This book also includes a very large foldout of basket designs (see top left and right - below).

This 6-3/4" x 9-1/2", soft cover book contains 179 pages (146 pages of text and 16 pages of descriptions and 16 full page plates of scores of baskets) large foldout of basket design elements.  $14.95  

 

Sample  Plates - click on image to enlarge