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Four styles of basket

A basket is a container which is traditionally constructed from stiff fibres, often made of willow. [1]. The top is either left open or the basket may be fitted with a lid.

The plant life available in a region affects the choice of material, which in turn influences the weaving technique. Rattan and other members of the Arecaceae or palm tree family, the thin grasses of temperate regions, and broad-leaved tropical bromeliads each require a different method of twisting and braiding to be made into a basket.

Although baskets were probably created to serve a utilitarian rather than an aesthetic purpose, the practice of basket making has evolved into an art. Artistic freedom allows basket makers a wide choice of colors, materials, sizes, patterns, and details.

Archaeological sites in the Middle East show that weaving techniques were used to make mats and possibly also baskets, circa 8 000 BC. Baskets made with interwoven techniques were common at 3 000 BC.

The carrying of a basket on the head, particularly by rural women, has long been practiced. Representations of this in Ancient Greek art are called Canephorae.

Overturned woven baskets are used drummed by the Tohono O'odham to accompany songs (Zepeda 1995, p. 89).

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Figurative and literary usage

The phrase "to hell in a handbasket" means to rapidly deteriorate. The origin of this use is unclear. "Basket" is sometimes used as an adjective towards a person who is born out of wedlock. This occurs more commonly in British English.

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  • Zepeda, Ofelia (1995). Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert. ISBN 0816515417.

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There are five different Hebrew words so rendered in the Authorized Version:

  1. A basket (Heb. sal, a twig or osier) for holding bread (Gen 40:16; Ex 29:3, 23; Lev 8:2, 26, 31; Num 6:15, 17, 19). Sometimes baskets were made of twigs peeled; their manufacture was a recognized trade among the Hebrews.
  2. That used (Heb. salsilloth') in gathering grapes (Jer 6:9).
  3. That in which the first fruits of the harvest were presented, Heb. tene, (Deut 26:2, 4). It was also used for household purposes. In form it tapered downwards like that called corbis by the Romans.
  4. A basket (Heb. kelub) having a lid, resembling a bird-cage. It was made of leaves or rushes. The name is also applied to fruit-baskets (Amos 8:1, 2).
  5. A basket (Heb. dud) for carrying figs (Jer 24:2), also clay to the brick-yard (R.V., Ps 816), and bulky articles (2Kg 10:7). This word is also rendered in the Authorized Version "kettle" (1Sam 2:14), "caldron" (2Chr 35:13), "seething-pot" (Job 41:20).

In the New Testament mention is made of the basket (Gr. kophinos, small "wicker-basket") for the "fragments" in the miracle recorded Mk 6:43, and in that recorded Mt 15:37 (Gr. spuris, large "rope-basket"); also of the basket in which Paul escaped (Acts 9:25, Gr. spuris; 2 Cor. 11: 33, Gr. sargane, "basket of plaited cords").

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Four kinds of baskets.

A basket is a container. It is usually light.

People weave narrow pieces of material together to form baskets. Wood, grasses, or wicker are often used to make baskets. They are also made out of plastic today.

See also: basketry


In basketball, the basket is an open net fixed to a metal ring in which players try to throw the ball.


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