Seri Basketry

Baskets are crafted with fibers from the torote plant (jatropha cuneata) sometimes using a reddish-brown dye from the inner root of the white ratany plant. Vegetable dyes are made by soaking coiled plant material in boiling water until the desired color is achieved. Materials are gathered, then prepped by stripping the plants down to their pliable interiors prior to weaving. This dedication results in some of the finest and strongest basketry among native communities in the Southwest. 

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