“Baskets of the World ” the Social Significance of Plaited Crafts

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Author : Dario Novellino – Fusun Ertug

Year : 2005

Baskets and woven mats are the oldest and most diverse plant-based crafts found around the world. The skill required in the production of these objects is often associated with factors such as people’s perceptions of the environment, conceptions of the self and modes of economic interaction, social hierarchy, and division of labour. Basketry knowledge has also significant ecological ramifications,as it includes specific strategies for the sustainable management of plant resources. Moreover,the study of plaited crafts can be linked together with important themes such as the studies of plant distribution, the trade routes of human groups and the discovery, diffusion and transmission of new technologies and techniques.

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