Baskets were the cardboard packaging and plastic crates of their day. They provided a cheap, practical, disposable and readily renewable range of containers for industry, home and farm (get closer by clicking the images).
Baskets were used to store and transport, apples, potatoes, coal, textiles, turf, fish, bread…the list is endless! Animals were penned and fed, eels and crabs were caught, even parts of houses were constructed from woven willow and mud.
Today we look at baskets very differently from of our forebears. We see an intricately woven decorative item, designed to enhance our living space or garden environment. And quite rightly so, since contemporary Irish basket makers work to a very high standard, making truly beautiful objects from the humble 'sally rod'.
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