Molly Neptune Parker has received some of the highest honors for her work as a basketmaker. Here is one of her signature baskets, a flower topped basket. Her grandmother also made flower topped baskets as do her daughter, grandson and she is currently teaching her great-granddaughter how to make this basket form.
Here is one of her most lovely flower top baskets - she has placed 3 flower atop the basket lid, each of natural color ash but the centers have a smaller red addition - with an inner red dyed strip of ash woven in to overlay the inner 1/3 of each petal. The flowers have green leaves. The basket has a "chain" design in red (see the chain links?) which on the basket side creates a border top and bottom with a decorative alternating "stripes" of very finely and tightly braided tidal sweetgrass. The lid has the red chain design near the center and "stripes" of braided sweetgrass radiating out from the chain part way to near the edge of the overhanging lid. The lid edge and basket top rim are bound with unbraided tidal sweetgrass. The very center of each flower has weavers of unbraided tidal sweetgrass. The basket is woven mostly of brown ash, the traditional basketry material of Wabanaki basket weavers. (Wabanaki Confederacy - 5 Northeastern tribes; Abenaki, Maliseet, MicMac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot - who reside in Vermont, Maine and Eastern Canada)
This basket is 6" in diameter and is a straight sided round basket (a drum basket). It stands 3.5" to the top of the basket lid, the flowers on the basket top add another 2" so 5.5" overall height.
In 2012 Molly won a National Heritage Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts, very prestigious! The card with Molly's picture shown here in last photo is her official "NEA" card and will come with this basket.