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Craft in Focus New York
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masterclasses | Basketry – plaiting

Esmé Hofman - Saturday May 18 & Monday May 20
Building 1, Industry City
3 hours
$ 45
Saturday May 18
Monday May 20


Plaiting is a basketry technique that is traditionally used in Asia, South America and Scandinavia. The material used are strips of identical material, which are intertwined in a straight, diagonal or hexagonal way. The most common traditional material used is split bamboo, palm leaf, rattan, et cetera. Plaiting is used for braiding baskets, mats, house walls and seating in chairs.


Participants are introduced to this technique and learn how to create a container / basket.


Esmé Hofman (The Netherlands) is a traditionally trained basketry specialist, who learned the foundations of the craft at the German basketry school.  As a modern craftswoman she looks beyond the borders of this traditional handcraft. This gives her the freedom to explore creative possibilities, and generates other ways of making. Her techniques and materials now vary from the traditional to the contemporary using natural stems, leaves, bark, wire, plastics, vellum, paper and lots of colour. She is an internationally renowned and award winning crafts master, working for designers, artists, museums and private costumers.





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