This is a wonderful Woven Rattan Winnow Tray from the Ifugao people of the Luzon Cordillera Range of the Philippines. For centuries, basketry formed an essential part of all aspects of daily life in this area, and the Ifugao are known for their craftsmanship in basketry. Ifugao baskets range in form and size. These baskets are used for basic rice preparation processes, winnowing and storage of uncooked and cooked rice. Low shallow baskets (round or square) are used to toss pounded rice grains into the air, blowing chaff from heavier grains. This winnowing basket shows clear worn areas in the central depression, where over time rice grains wore away the straight edges of the bamboo strips, giving them a gently curved shape. Basketry is gender specific among some groups, but, both Ifugao men and women engage in basket making. Baskets are made of bamboo, rattan, or a combination of the two. The most frequently utilized construction technique entails plaiting, although wickerwork, twining, or coiling are also employed. Typically in plaiting, two elements are woven over and under each other at a right angle. A marvelous addition to your collection or to display in your home.
Shows age and use, some discoloration, but overall in good condition.
19 1/2" long
18 3/4" wide
5 1/2" deep
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