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Fayal Oval Basket

Materials: 6 5-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan, 4 7-inch spokes of No. 4 rattan,

4-inch spoke of No. 4 rattan,84 12-inch pieces of No. 2 rattan,

weavers of No. 2 rattan.

The six five-inch spokes are slit for about three-quarters of an inch in the middle of each. The

four seven-inch spokes, with the one four-inch spoke between them, are slipped through the six slit ones, leaving about half an inch between each of the six. The group of four and a half spokes are held in a vertical position, while the six run horizontally. A weaver is started, back of the vertical spokes and lying along the uppermost horizontal spoke, with its end toward the right. It is brought around in front of the vertical spokes (above the upper horizontal one), then back and down diagonally to the left, coming out below the upper horizontal spoke. Here it is brought around in front of the vertical group, back and up diagonally to the left of the vertical spokes and above the first horizontal one. It is then brought diagonally down, in front of the vertical spokes, to the right of them and just above the second horizontal spoke. Next it crosses diagonally down and back of the vertical spokes, to the left of them and below the second horizontal spoke, where it is brought over the vertical ones, back and up diagonally to the left of the vertical spokes, and just above the second horizontal one—see Fig. 25. The same process binds the other four horizontal spokes; making an ornamental cross effect over each one, on the inside of the basket—see Fig. 26. After all six horizontal spokes have been bound

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