Biblical Basketry

Basket weaving is an ancient art of making items with natural materials. Findings from prehistoric periods attest to the existence of basketry even before the development of pottery.

In every region of the world, people made baskets using plants that grew in the areas of ​​human habitation. In the Land of Israel, baskets were made using organic materials, such as straw, papyrus, reed and palm branches. Organic materials are easily disintegrated, so only a few artifacts have survived to this day. Most of these ancient artifacts, which were preserved and survived due to dry climate, were found in various desert locations. Archeology of the Land of Israel revealed baskets, sieves and mats.

In the past, the use of palm branches was mainly carried out by their dissolution into fibers, from which people made ropes that were used to weave the baskets.

rope

Rope , found at Nahal Mishmar 9000 years ago

Sieve

Sieve , Reeds and Straw, 6000 years ago

Woven Mat

Woven Mat , Straw , 6000 years ago

Nowadays, palm branches – the fronds (Sansanim – in Hebrew), are used directly for basket weaving, without special processing. By the way, an ancient basket made of unprocessed palm fronds was also found in Israel at an archeological site.

The basket weaving tradition among the local Arab population involved two main materials: olive branches and reeds. Besides baskets, they were also used to make furniture.

Today, most of the local basket weavers use palm fronds due to the abundance of this material in Israel.

My baskets are handmade using the fronds of palms that grow in the Jordan Valley, between Ein Gedi and Tiberias. Some baskets feature a combination of olive and mastic tree branches that are used for decoration.

111

My baskets are full of love and blessed abundance of the Land of Israel. They will fill your home with the light of the land flowing with milk and honey.

I wish you well.

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: