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National Parks Store: Tarahumara Baskets & Art Trunk Show


Jim and Katie Harrelson from K’s Canastas in Bisbee bring a large assortment of the pine-needle and sotol-grass basketry and pine-bark carvings of the women of the Tarahumara villages.

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The Tarahumaran people continue to practice an ancient cultural tradition in today’s modern society: Tarahumaran basket weaving. Primarily, Indian women are the basket makers. The process is long and involved, steeped in cultural significance. To begin, they  collect native long pine needles and sotol, a type of agave, to weave utilitarian and decorative basketry both large and small. Most baskets are “double woven” wherein they start at the bottom weaving the inside layer, fold over the top and weave down the outside, creating a smooth tight fabric which shows none of the ends. The Indian women often include basket covers as baskets are used for storage in this culture without closets, cupboards or dresser drawers.

Jim and Katie Harrelson from K’s Canastas in Bisbee bring a large assortment of the pine-needle and sotol-grass basketry and pine-bark carvings of the women of the Tarahumara villages in the Copper Canyon area of Mexico. During this informative show, those in attendance can listen to talks about the Tarahumara people and their ancient artistry. These talks will be delivered at 11 AM & 2 PM.



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Event Tags: art, basket weaving, basketry, baskets, carvings, handmade, Mexico, presentation, tarahumara, traditional

Date:
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Place:
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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Contact:
520-622-6014
Cost:
Free

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