Basketry and other weaving technologies were a significant part of the culture and lives of the Stó:lō people. Baskets made from cedar are very durable and have a long life span. Basket weaving was primarily an endeavour of female artisans, and skill training for weaving and basketry began at a young age. Cedar weaving was a vital component of the Stó:lō life-way, as basketry was used for food gathering, cooking, eating, food storage, and much more.
The weave selection in basket-making was determined by the final use of the basket. Weaving that was diagonal rather than horizontal produced a flexible item that could be folded and stored without the volume of a rigid basket. The type of weave used in a basket was also an indicator of identity, as one's extended family was most likely responsible for one's basketry skills, and each family used a specific style. Material also played a role in the type of weave being used, because of the limited availability of certain roots or bark. Additionally, many of the weaves took on a more decorative finish, especially with the inclusion of dyed materials, to highlight the weaver and his or her connection to the finished piece.