DIA330xH200mm, China

This is a beautifully weaved bamboo basket, it would have been used for keeping fruits or any offering that would require airing.

The traditional bamboo weaving apprenticeship training is hard; for the first 3 years weaving is taught an practice by making bamboo mat.  Only when it has been perfected, one is then taught on more complex object like basket.  The training takes about 10-12 years when one mastered skills and techniques of all kind of bamboo objects is qualified to be a bamboo artisan.  These kind of training and craftsmanship is fading in China as youngsters see better prospect in blooming factories in the city.