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OVAL BASKETS : Page 126


the right side of the third horizontal spoke. A

fourth horizontal spoke is laid back of the vertical

group, half an inch below the third one, and bound

in the same way as the others were. The same

process also binds the fifth and sixth horizontal

spokes to the vertical group. After the weaver

has been brought down back of the left side of

the sixth horizontal spoke for the second time, it crosses in front of the vertical group to the right side of the sixth horizontal spoke, where the under-and-over weaving is begun.

The bottom is woven two and a half inches wide by four inches long. The spokes are then wet until pliable, and bent sharply upward, flaring the spokes at the ends more than those at the sides of the basket. The nine pieces of No. 2 rattan, which are to form the handle, are inserted, five on one side and four on the other, of a spoke in the middle of one side of the basket, and the handle is made according to the directions for a braided handle on page 56. When the sides of the basket are about three and a quarter inches high the ends, which are to slope upward gradually, are woven in this way. When the weaver comes to the spoke at the left of the handle, it is doubled back and woven from right to left, all the way to the spoke at the right of the handle on the opposite side of the basket. Here it doubles around the spoke and returns, to be brought around the first spoke again and woven from right to left. On its second return it doubles on the spoke at the left of the one it started from, is brought around this twice in the same way, going to the second spoke at the right of the handle on the opposite side. It then

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