A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets

This is a must have book for your basket library. Over 100 basket photos in full color and a 46...

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The University of North Carolina Press

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This is a must have book for your basket library. Over 100 basket photos in full color and a 46 page essay by Nicholas Bell detailing the long-standing use of traditional basket fibers such as black ash, white oak, willow and sweetgrass.

Drawing on conversations with basketmakers from across the country and reproducing many of their documentary photographs, Bell offers an intimate glimpse of their lifeways, motivations, and hopes.

A Measure of the Earth provides an unparalleled window into an overlooked corner of recent American history: the traditional basketry revival of the past fifty years. Steven Cole and Martha Ware amassed a remarkable collection using the most stringent guidelines: baskets made from undyed domestic materials that have been harvested by the maker.

Lavish illustrations of every basket convey the humble, tactile beauty of these functional vessels.

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