These handwoven bamboo baskets were a traditional household object for Chinese farmers until the mid-20th century. Extremely robust, they were used over and over for years during the tedious fruit and vegetable harvest. They were also used to collect and transport flowers for ceremonies.
Original baskets from this period are now rare collector’s items.
Slight irregularities on the surface represent traces of a hard-working life. Modern versions of the basket cannot mimic these characteristics. As such, each basket is unique.
Through our excellent contacts, we have been able to secure 200 pieces.
The baskets were created approximately 50 years ago in the Hunan region: Made from double woven bamboo fibres, reinforced with approx. 1 cm (4⁄5") thick supports and wide plaited hoops. Cross-shaped wickerwork surrounds the upper rim. Five wide strips of bamboo, entwined in the centre, form the stable handle. In order to seal the basket and make it easier to clean, the base, inner sides, plaited hoops and rim have been painted with black varnish. The distinctive brown/black decoration is simply painted on.
Each basket has been carefully cleaned, restored and treated with protective varnish.
Ideal to store newspapers, toys, firewood etc. or as a luxurious flower basket. Also perfect for hallways to store slippers, gloves, hats and scarves. Measures approx. 45cm (17 7⁄10") in diameter; height approx. 54cm (21 1⁄3") with handle. Weighs approx. 5kg (11 lbs).