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Pima Basket
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Pima Basket
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Picture of a squash blossom
A squash blossom with five petals helped to inspire the name of the basket design. Photo by Luann Vermillion, all rights reserved.

The design on this basket is called a squash-blossom design. A ball in the center connects to cone shapes, repeated five times to create the pattern. The squash-blossom design is woven in endless variations, from the five-blossom arrangement on this basket to very complex designs including 12 blossoms. The design was originally inspired by buttons on the trousers of Spanish soldiers. It also appears commonly as a form on jewelry.


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