Nestled off the coast of Massachusetts, Nantucket Island is not just a picturesque coastal retreat, it's a hub of artistry and craftsmanship. Its most notable accessory, the Nantucket Lightship Basket, often seen draped over the shoulder and clutched in the hands as a handbag many Nantucket visitors, actually has a long standing history tracing its origins back to the 19th century.
Lightship crews stationed off the Nantucket coast began crafting these unique baskets during their downtime. Made from rattan and featuring a distinctive wooden base, these baskets quickly became synonymous with Nantucket's artisanal spirit.
Over the years, the Nantucket Lightship Basket has evolved, incorporating intricate designs and patterns. Yet, its essence remains rooted in the island's traditions.
Today, these baskets are not just functional items but also collector's pieces, each telling a story of the island's rich heritage. With our commitment to supporting local artists and preserving the island's artistic traditions, we are proud to carry a collection of locally made baskets.
Just as each one carries a tale of the past, every piece of crafted artwork in our shop is a testament to the island's vibrant art scene; one upon which we were founded and continue to prioritize each year we open our doors to a new collection of island visitors.