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MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Baskets, Bowls, Tapestries! Oh my!

In this lesson we will look at a variety of textile and multimedia artwork. Students will learn all about weaving and create a multimedia basket. 


"Although woven bamboo containers have been used in Japan for thousands of years, it is only during the last century that basketry has emerged as a prestigious art form. From its roots in imitations of Chinese baskets to today’s sometimes extravagantly expressive sculptural works, Japanese bamboo art is an astonishing demonstration of the variety that can be achieved from one of east Asia’s most abundant natural resources.

Often seemingly simple, these baskets require years of training and months of work to complete. Through careful selection of raw material, intricate, contrasting woven patterns, inventive forms, and meticulous finishing that celebrates the natural qualities of bamboo, Japan’s basket makers have created a little known but compelling artistic universe."

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Landa Ruen