basket

Man's bamboo haversack basket. Twill woven flat basket woven in one piece, the main part rectangular developing at one side into two triangular pieces ending in two straps each with a small vegetable fibre loop at the end. At each side of the basket is a supporting rod which tapers towards the top and is bound and attached to the body of the basket at intervals with vegetable fibre. A long plied vegetable fibre strap is attached to each of these support rods near their base. There are two further separate lengths of plied fibre inside the basket, one with a wooden hook at one end. The base of the basket reinforced with a strip of bent wood which has a number of holes drilled in it through which it is tied to the body of the basket with strips of vegetable fibre. A small variation on the weave of the basket along its top opposite the base of the triangular strap section on the other side. On the strap side a few horizontal strands of vegetable fibre have been inserted into its fabric just below the place where the straps start, and where another length of fibre made from a split and plied length of wood is attached, hanging down on the outside of the basket in two strands and forming a loop on the inside of the basket. The two long fibre strips attached to each side of the basket presumably pass through the two loops at the end of the straps, allowing the wearer to carry the basket on his back.

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