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Ply-splitting is traditionally found in the Thar Desert region of northwest India and Pakistan. There it is used to create girths, straps, and carrying bags for camels. Instead of elements moving over and under each other, in ply-splitting four-ply cords move through each other. A cord is split such that two plies are above a tool and two plies are below. Another cord is then pulled through the opening. Several cords can be split in succession with one cord pulled through all the openings. It is a very time intensive process. Resulting baskets and braids are dense, very durable, and lend themselves to sculptural effects.

All of the cords in these pieces were made by Barbara.

 



FIRE & ICE
Ply-split basket by Barbara J. Walker
5.25 H x 4.25 D; cotton
Not For Sale
Photography by Barbara J. Walker

 



LANTERNA
Ply-split basket by Barbara J. Walker
7 H x 6 D; linen
$1200
Photography by Kelly J. James

 



COUNTERPOINT
Ply-split basket by Barbara J. Walker
7.5 H x 6.5 D; linen
$1200
Photography by Kelly J. James

 
 


MILLECOLORI
Ply-split basket by Barbara J. Walker
5.25 H x 5 D; cotton, tencel, viscose
$400
Photography by Barbara J. Walker

 

 


LODGEPOLE CYCLE: Fire, Germination, Seedlings, Maturity
Ply-split basket by Barbara J. Walker
6.25 H x 7.25 D; linen, cotton, rayon
$1100
Photography by Kelly J. James

 

 
 


ADVANCEMENT
Ply-split basket by Barbara J. Walker
9.5 H x 6 D; linen
$700
Photography by Barbara J. Walker

 

 


STAGGERED
Ply-split basket by Barbara J. Walker
2 H x 6.75 W x 8 D; linen
$800
Photography by Barbara J. Walker

 

 


AVARUA
Ply-split basket by Barbara J. Walker
5.25 H x 4 D; linen, cotton
$400
Photography by Barbara J. Walker

 

 


STRATA
Ply-split basket by Barbara J. Walker
5.5 H x 3.5 D; cotton
$400
Photography by Barbara J. Walker

 

 


JESTER'S TRI-POT
Ply-split basket by Barbara J. Walker
5 H x 4.25 D; cotton
SOLD
Photography by Barbara J. Walker

 

 
 
 
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