al-Hiba: Wrapped Coil Basket Makers

Date: 1960s

Most commonly both reeds and rushes are used for these baskets, but some are made entirely of one or the other material. The craftswomen interviewed by Ochsenschlager emphasized the importance of selecting the right materials. The core is made out of reeds that have been pounded, split, and coiled. The base is a simple coil, and then additional materials are woven through the coil wrappings. Ochsenschlager records three types of wrapped coil baskets: flat tray (tabaq), deep dish (quffa), and jar shaped (saba). See also: Weaver; Cord and Twine Maker; Maker of Woven Mats; Maker of Plaited Baskets; Basket Maker; Basket Seller; Lid Maker; Woven Tray Maker.

Citation: Ochsenschlager, Edward. Iraq’s Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2004), pp. 134-35.