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Basket: rivercane, purse

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  • Cherokee basket weavers made baskets for a variety of functions. This purse basket, or "shopper" as it was sometimes called, was taken to market and used to carry purchases. The drop handles are made from wood and were carved separately from the basket. The handle attachments were woven into the basket before the rim was attached. Drop handles are a departure from the handles found on earlier market baskets. Those market baskets were much larger and their rigid handles were woven into the form, allowing the user to carry heavy loads. The purse basket is an indication of changing circumstances in the market. The rivercane was dyed with walnut and bloodroot to give the cane its contrasting colors of brown and orange.