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Blue 4 Flower Top Basket - Signature Style


A 4 flower (with natural petals) topped basket that tapers down from the top and has 8 rows of vibrant blue point curls (also called porcupine curls) by Dr. Molly Neptune Parker, Master Basketmaker. There are also 2 rows of the beautiful blue curls on the lid surrounding the flowers. - Many of Molly's flower top baskets have only 3 flowers.

Dr. Molly Neptune Parker has received some of the highest honors for her work as a basketmaker. You can see all about them in the bio section on this website. Here a flower topped baske - it is one of her signature baskets. 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.

This graceful basket tapers from the 6.25" diameter at the top of the basket to a 4.25" diameter at the bottom. It stands 4.5" to the top of the basket lid, the flowers on the basket top add another 3" so 7.5" overall height.

The alternating foundation and weaver splints of blue and white are so lovely! Molly has placed 4 flowers of natural white ash atop the basket lid. There are 8 petals on each flower. The flowers have green leaves - which have a variegated green/light green . 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. And the top center has a thick loop "handle" of a thick sweetgrass braid. The basket is woven 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)

Basket is signed and you will receive card shown in the last picture below. This card states Molly was a 2012 National Heritage Award Fellow of the NEA.

Blue 4 Flower Top Basket - card
Weight: 1 lb