Tohono O'odham Basketry

Tohono O'odham (Desert People) gather Sonoran Desert plant materials by hand to weave baskets in the traditional way. The inner coil, the warp, is made from split beargrass and the outer design, the weft, is typically made from soaptree yucca (natural green or sun bleached white). Sometimes other materials are woven into the basket's design using devil's claw (black), or in more rare instances, the root from the banana yucca (red).