Holly Island Lightship Basket | Judy Prohaska

$ 525.00

Local basket maker Judy Prohaska adapts the holiday spirit into a unique package. Her lightship basket follows the long-standing island tradition of weaving these baskets using cane with a cherry base. In the middle is a scrimshawed piece of fossilized mammoth ivory featuring an outline of the island filled with holly sprigs. A true holiday keepsake to admire year after year.

3 x 1.5

Crafted by hand from start to finish in our Main Street weaving studio.

Our masterful artisans begin by thoughtfully selecting colors and fibers inspired by our surrounding landscape, then determine a pattern and desired weave structure for their design.

Next, they wind the fiber onto bobbins then wind the loom’s warp, a meticulously calculated process that sets the path of each and every thread used. These threads are manually connected to specific harnesses and securely hand-tied to “dress the loom”. Once this stage is complete, they can begin to weave.

Countless passes of the shuttle commence, rhythmic, muted sounds of wooden pedals fill the studio, and a beautiful textile begins to emerge. The handwoven process continues until the piece reaches its full length, at which point it is cut from the loom. Tassels are hand-knotted onto the ends, and a small label is hand-sewn onto the textile as the weaver’s final touch.

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