Curious Trends


Ancient crafts - basket weaving

Could the 'wicker man' have inspired a curious trend: the revival of the ancient craft of basket weaving? Last year everyone was at it, with specialist workshops at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Origin Craft Fair, or serious courses for budding professionals at The Basketmakers’ Association, or the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

The resurgence of interest seems to be part of an ongoing trend, favouring old-fashioned crafts and handmade products over mass produced, machine manufactured items. The current focus on the ‘basic’, almost primordial, lifestyle has resulted in a plethora of new designer makers, and basket weaving has been used to create all manner of new products - from vases and lampshades to furniture and municipal sculptures.

These basket sculptures of organic, botanical forms like coco de mer, can be seen in London’s Kew Gardens.

Tea for One is made from paper cord and rattan by Ann Narzareth in Wandsworth.

Nacho Carbonell is world renowned for his quirky basket style designs, as illustrated here.

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