Desert Tortoise Basket - Tohono O'Odham
This handwoven Desert Tortoise basket by Barbara Lewis measures approximately 7.75 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches deep.
Plant materials are hand gathered from the Sonoran Desert for basket weaving. The interior coils are native beargrass and the white, closed stitches wrapped around the coils are sun bleached soaptree yucca, the green closed stitches that make the body of the Tortoise are unbleached soaptree yucca. The tortoise is surrounded an open/split stitch border, making this a shallow bowl rather than plate. Black Devil's Claw is used for the head and feet and for the basket trim detail. Keep away from sunlight to maintain color variations.
Measurements are approximate.