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About This Suitcase


In this mobile museum, students will be introduced to traditional Kentucky basket making. Baskets are typically woven by hand with stiff natural fibers like wood or dried grass. Students will learn about different types of baskets and weaving processes popular in Kentucky, as well as types of baskets made and used around the world. Lesson plans will examine the different uses for baskets and allow students to practice weaving with paper, fiber, yarn, or found materials. Books and included materials explore the ways that traditions like basket weaving are passed down through generations and contemplate the meaning attached to these practices.


Sample Activities​

  • Paper Weaving

  • Weaving a Story

  • Upcycled Baskets

  • Woven Star Ornament

  • Basket Weaving


What You’ll Learn

  • Elements of Art

  • Principles of Design

  • Basketry Vocabulary

  • Kentucky History

  • Basketry Around the World


What’s Inside

  • Lesson plans for activities

  • Templates and worksheets

  • Artist bios

  • Supplementary articles

  • Artist’s Works

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