Baskets have been created across the world both as useful tools and a decorative art for thousands of years. In Wilton, both Indigenous peoples and later colonial settlers used baskets large and small for all sorts of purposes, including drying herbs, carrying crops, and as long term storage containers. Even into the 20th century, baskets were used by many of Wilton’s apple farmers during the fall harvest season.
Weaving with rattan (also known as reed), continues to be a popular practice, as it is pliable, organic, sturdy, and readily available. On Saturday, March 18, from 11 am to 12 pm, the Wilton Historical Society will hold its very own Basket Weaving with Rattan Workshop for kids. Museum Educator Catherine Lipper will discuss the construction and uses of baskets over time, while participants become absorbed in creating a basket of their own. A snack of Triscuits with apple juice will be offered. A perfect event for aspiring artisans!
Suggested for ages 6-10. Members: $10 per child; Non-members $15 per child.
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