When the first settlers came to Nantucket they encountered the native Americans
who were already making baskets out of the native grasses, wood and cattail reeds.
Borrowing the basic shapes and materials the early settlers made baskets to suit their
own unique needs. For a stronger basket they added a wood bottom and other features.
With the advent of the importing of rattan in the late seventeen hundreds the Nantucket
basket began to evolve with its characteristic wooden bottom, rattan weavers, wooden ribs
and its construction on a wooden mould.
Today the makers of and the collectors of Nantucket baskets are experiencing a new
renaissance and both old and new baskets are being appreciated both by collectors and novices alike.
(click on patterns below to view)
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