Cedar Root Use in Design

The Coast Salish used a specific decorative technique called imbrication , which involved the integration of geometric designs into a basket. This design technique was accomplished by using several different colours (all derived from different materials). Western bitter cherry provides a bark which can be processed to a mahogany colour or black colouring, while the stems of various grasses provide a cream colour. Once these elements were woven into the basket, it would only be possible to see these pattern designs from the outside of the basket-quite an impressive feat.

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