Updated: Sep 15, 2020
Isabel Hanson was a Panamint Shoshone weaver, born in 1880 at Warm Springs near Owens Lake. She was one of the most renowned basket makers of the early 20th Century. “Hanson changed the construction of coiled baskets, shifting from the foundation of flexible grass bundles widely used in the southern Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains to a stiffer, three-rod willow foundation better suited to a desert environment.”
“Hanson was known for large, flaring baskets with strong positive-negative patterning converging toward the base.” Many months would be required to make a piece so finely woven.