Chapter 5 Basketry in Timor-Leste

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Open your eyes to another world of containers.

If anthropologists were to count the top 10 critical developments of early technology, basketry would certainly make the list. Imagine living in a world without plastic or metal and having to carry a bunch of stuff, especially stuff that comes in small pieces like seeds, nuts, or little fish. You could carve out a wooden bucket or use a piece of gourd, or sew shut an animal skin, but the best way to make a large, light vessel would be to weave it from natural fibers.

Making a vessel from the leaves of a tree or a handful of grass is an extraordinary accomplishment, ...

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