Woven of Wood

East Tennessee Baskets, 1880-1940
March 17, 2014 to June 1, 2014
Claussen-Rogers Feature Gallery

Imagine doing away with shopping bags, plastic buckets, and manufactured storage tubs of today and depending instead upon baskets. You would quickly recognize the essential role that these hand-woven containers of wood played in bygone days. Baskets were some of the most functional and creative possessions in everyday life.

During the past year, the East Tennessee Historical Society has worked to document the traditional basket makers of our region. Materials and construction details have been recorded for baskets surveyed. For those baskets where the maker’s identity is known, family stories and photographs have also been collected. Woven of Wood, East Tennessee Baskets, 1880-1940 highlights selected examples from this survey. 

Arts & Heritage Fund, Arts & Culture Alliance
Dogwood Arts Festival
Foothills Craft Guild

Guest Curator:
Carole Wahler

Basket Survey Committee:
Carole Wahler
Susan Borden
Michele MacDonald