basket (containers)

Dark brown, open weave basket/ bag with twine made from the skin of the bark of the grape vine wrapped around uprights, rounded base, plaited straw around the rim and a thin, flexible carrying cord. Rough finish.

Nearly all Ainu sacks, bags and baskets have fenestrated edges not just for ornament but to provide a useful grip and so that the sack can be closed tightly by running a purse-string through the openings.

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