Small Seminole (according to acquisition paperwork) pine needle basket with lid purchased in the Florida Keys circa 1975, from an Indian trading post. The coils of the basket are made from bunches of pine needles. These coils are sewn together with natural fibers (palmetto?) and synthetic colored ribbon. The stitches make a diagonal pattern around the basket.
note: Basket expert Pedro Zepeda (2-25-13) says this basket is not Seminole. However, historian Pat Wickman, (2-16) said she knew one of the last Seminole women to make pine needle baskets, and had one of her pine needle baskets. The woman told her that not many people made them because the needles have sap on the end and are difficult to work with.
|Dimensions||H-7 W-7.5 Cir-24 inches|