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Cake Basket, probably Micmac, ca. 1870

Contributed by Abbe Museum

This cake basket is decorated with a decorative weave known as "porcupine curls." Fancy baskets became popular in the late 19th century, when demand increased and tools to cut and shape them were invented. Fancy baskets may be embellished with decorative materials and colors. The porcupine twist weave was first used around 1860. This ornamental weave and its variants of curly and wort weaves involves twisting the weaver as it is passed through the vertical standard to produce a bristling point or curly ornamentation.

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  • Title: Cake Basket, probably Micmac, ca. 1870
  • Creation Date: circa 1870
  • Subject Date: circa 1870
  • State: ME
  • Media: maple?
  • Dimensions: 31 cm x 23 cm
  • Local Code: AM377
  • Collection: Anne Molloy Howells Collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519
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