Cahuilla coiled basket
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Cahuilla coiled basket1894
4 1/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. (10.8 cm x 22.23 cm)
Native American, Native American
Object Type: Baskets
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Plant fiber
Credit Line: Gift of Mills College President Aurelia Henry Reinhardt
Accession Number: 1932.12
The Cahuilla Band of Indians are one of the original peoples of Southern California. Cahuilla artists are known for their baskets and beaded jewelry. The Cahuilla used a weaving process known as coiling, as opposed to the twined baskets of Indigenous tribes in Northern California. Bundles of deer grass were wrapped with sumac or juncus and sewn together. Juncus could also be dyed to create patterns against the lighter sumac. For centuries, the Cahuilla worked with these materials to create geometric patterns that incorporated elements from the Tribe’s natural world, such as lightning bolts, stars, eagles, and snakes.
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Native American Baskets from the Mills College Collection Mills College Art Gallery , 1/14/1976 - 2/27/1976
- Height and diameter Dimensions: 4 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (107.95 x 222.25 mm)
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