A few weeks ago I spent my mornings at the home of a church member learning how to make Turkana baskets. She is a good teacher and I know that she makes quality baskets. I think that's why she assisted me more than I wanted. By the time I came back on the second day she had almost finished the basket. I was able to learn how to finish the edge of that basket and start the lid. Then I actually did the starts on 2 more baskets, so I could practice. I am working on the second of those starts for a basket that is actually mine. I hope to have a small basket done by the time I come home... or at least a trivet... or coaster!
I have also posted a video that my language helper did while we were working. Click here to view it.
|Leaves dried and ready to be used|
|Beginning the basket|
|Learning the pattern of wrapping the leaf strip|
|It is like making a figure 8 knot around the rows of leaves|
|Margaret my teacher|
|She had to keep telling me to keep it very tight|
|Margaret's neighbor making beads|
|End of day 1 ready for the side|
|Day 2 and my basket is almost done when I came back.|
|At least I got to learn to finish the top edge|
|Cutting the strips|
|One more time around|
|Making it look pretty by removing stray pieces|
|Starting the lid|
|Lid taking shape|
|The kids enjoyed watching and helped translate|
|Large enough for my supplies, but |
Margaret said it should be my "sadaka" (offering) basket
|My first basket start. I took it home with me, so |
Margaret wouldn't finish it before I came back the next day.
|My start with Margarets basket|
|Ali wanted to help|
|The moving leaves were too tempting for her|
|My second start|
|This one is better and will be my basket|
|Palms in our yard that I will use|
|Sometimes it is fun to whack things with my "panga" (machete)!|
|I was warned to take the thorns off, but they got me|
before I had a chance. Small, but ouch!
|Separating the strips and ready to use|