Glossary

Wicker Baskets

Wicker is woven fiber formed into a rigid material, most often used for baskets or furniture. Wicker is often made of material of plant origin, but plastic fibers are also used. Wicker is light yet sturdy, making it suitable for furniture that will be moved often like porch and patio furniture. A wicker basket is a basket which has been woven from a stiff fiber such as plastic, twisted paper fiber, willow branches, canes, or reeds. The term “wicker” refers to any sort of end-product achieved by weaving various fibers together, and a number of wicker products can be seen on the market, ranging from chairs to storage baskets. Wicker baskets come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles and they are often available from home supply stores, antique stores, and stores which specialize in décor. To construct a wicker baskets, the basket weaver first makes a frame from strong, stout, flexible materials like young willow branches. Then, the fiber is woven around the framework to create a lightweight, very flexible basket.

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