grass and yucca leaf
Hopi basketmakers on the Second Mesa made only coiled baskets. The faces depicted in this basket represent the Kachina figures known as "Mudheads" and are worked in the beading technique as well as colored warps. The dyes are indigenous, made from plants. THe black color is derived from sunflower seed, navy bean, soot, coal, ink or resin, or iron alum, while the red dye is made from se-e-ta plant, iron ochre, alder bark, sumac berries, cockscomb flowers, or thelesperma. Tellow results from rabbit brush flowers, sunflowers, or ochre, and green is one of the natural colors of yucca.
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 21, fig. 21.
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