Basket for rice made of rattan fibres (Philippines)

Basket for rice made of rattan fibres (Philippines)
1801-1900. Rattan rice-basket. North of Luzón (The Philippines) © Museo Nacional de Antropología.

Basket for rice made of rattan fibres (Philippines)

In the Philippines, basketry was an important craftwork, usually carried out indifferently by women and men to make domestic utensils such as the lidded basket in the picture which was used for keeping the rice grown by the family. Among the Ifugao groups of the de la Luzón Range, the men are the main basket-makers, and although there are many plant fibres available, rattan is the most commonly used. The designs, which are usually geometric and made using different methods of braiding and weaving which vary from place to place. As in the rest of the world, plastic is rapidly replacing plant fibre.

Photo, Miguel Ángel Otero