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Sjarhei Karczewski


Супэр файны матэрыял! Мне заўсёды падабаліся такія рэчы, утрымліваючыя ў сабе цяплыню рук і душы чалавечай. Дзякуй / Super good stuff! I've always liked things like that contain the warmth of the hands and the human soul. Thank you :))

Jack S.


Wonderful piece. Some treatment of the significance of bamboo in eastern cultures as well would make it even stronger.



"... create a large variety of useful goods in a way that is one hundred percent sustainable."

But not, alas, able to solve the storage needs for a globe of more than six billion humans in an affordable way.

Kris De Decker


@ #3: why not?

James W


Interesting article about baskets. In Malaysia, in some of the rural places, people still weave bamboo into "bubu" (a Malay word) to trap fish. You can see a photo here http://www.flickr.com/photos/walism/5585378844/

Here's another photo of woven container that is still available http://jameswoo360.posterous.com/woven-basket

Also, perhaps you can update your article to include rattan furniture that are still in use today that uses rattan that's woven together.



Great article.

I remember learning about the native tribes of Southern California when I was a student, particularly their heavy use of basketry.

They made ocean-going canoes of wicker and asphaltum, domed homes of wicker and all sorts of baskets.

The most ingenious to my mind were their summer water baskets, which they weaved to be just slightly less than water-tight, so that the baskets would "sweat" when full. They'd then hang these baskets in a shady place with free airflow. Supposedly, the water inside would become quite cool due to evaporation, and would provide a welcome draught of refreshment on a hot day.



Updated link for the image "Traps for river crabs, made by Hiroshima Kazuro."



Wonderful article! It's amazing how useful these skills can be.

That said, I was disappointed that the article didn't mention skin-on-frame boatbuilding. The native folks in the arctic sure had a rough go of it: freezing water, sea ice, and no trees. They built boats according to their needs, and developed the skin-on-frame design. Essentially, it's a glorified basket frame covered with animal skins (canvas now), similar to the coracle mentioned in the article, but able to cope with much more intense situations. They trusted their lives to these basket-inspired boats in some of the most awful conditions on the planet. Pretty incredible.

Anyways, here are some links. Not only are they strong, flexible, and quick to build (couple of weeks!), but they're downright beautiful boats as well. Basket technology all the way!




You mention in your article the coracle. I am Welsh, born in Wales. The coracle is Welsh. Ask yourself if the word coracle sounds Irish/Gaelic. It doesn't because it is Welsh. True, the Irish also had 'basket boats', but the design & form of the coracle is uniquely Welsh, and centuries old.
A correction with some background material would be most welcome.
Otherwise articles I have seen on this site are very interesting, keep up the good work.
Diolch yn fawr. (Thanks very much, in Welsh, the oldest living language in Europe)

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