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The mandate of the Nova Scotia Basketry Guild is:
  • to share information about basketry,
  • to promote an awareness of basketry to the community-at-large,
  • to promote the preservation of traditional Nova Scotia basketry techniques
  • to promote the development of contemporary basketry techniques


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    Three styles of traditional basketry in Nova Scotia
    Mi'kmaq Ash

    Mi’Kmaq
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    Pounded Ash Splint
    Black - red maple

    Black
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    Red Maple Strips
    European Willow

    European
    Willow, Osier, Withe, Straws

    The NOVA SCOTIA BASKETRY GUILD (NSBG) was formed in 1988 in response to a growing interest in the craft of basketry in the province.    The NSBG is a registered not-for-profit society with the Registry of Joint Stocks in Nova Scotia.  

    We hold workshops from September to May, on the third Saturday of the month (usually) with occasional weekend workshops in summer with invited instructors. We work with Willow, Witherod, Red Osier Dogwood, Maple, Ash, Poplar, fresh and saltwater marsh reed, paper, cardboard, telephone wire and a variety of other flexible materials used to weave baskets, hats, bags, bird feeders, chair seats, garden support structures, living willow fences and other assorted items.

    A member of the local black community has taught some of our guild members the technique of making a maple splint basket - starting with the tree! These workshops occur over a period of several weekends. We have also had a number of maritime Mi'kmaq teach us the art of weaving with ash splints - starting with the tree!

    Over the years our instructors have come from the local community of traditional basketmakers - Mi'kmaq and Black - and from the wider international basket community of Switzerland, England, Sweden, Japan, USA, Upper Canada, and Western Canada.  Often we work from a chosen pattern with one of the NSBG members as leader of the workshop.


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