This Gullah basket tray was created using a traditional coil basket weave pattern. West and Central African slaves bought coil basketry to the Americas in the late 17th century. They developed specialized practices and agriculture tools, including baskets for winnowing rice, the Gullah region's cash crop. Contemporary Gullah weavers have continued the weaving tradition by creating more sculptural works like this one. Keeping with the tradition of creating functional baskets, the artist crafted this one for carrying beverages.
Dr. Mary Arnold Twining Baird Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Mary Arnold Twining Baird