Baskets / Basgedi
A collection of four Welsh straw or lip-work baskets, made from coiled wheat straw and bound together by strips of bramble.
Cardiganshire 19th/early 20th century
Coiled basketry of a specified type made of straw-rope (lip) was made in certain districts… It was used for a variety of purposes – beehives, seed-lips, corn measures, clothes baskets, trays and chairs. See The Guide to the Collection of Welsh Bygones by Iorwerth C Peate, published by the National Museum of Wales (1929)
A bundle of straw is bound with a strip split from a bramble.The bundle is first passed through a horn tube; its thickness is kept uniform by adding more straw as it becomes slack in the horn.The bundle is coiled round and the bramble binding the second coil is laced through that of the previous coil with the aid of a pointed bone from a horse’s leg. In this way a basket is built up; chairs were also made, with much more work.
A Cardiganshire Lip-worker, Folk Life (1965) Jenkins, J Geraint,
largest 19″ w x 9″ d x 7″ h 48.2cm w x 22.8cm d x 17.7cm h