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By Dan Rudy 

Locals learn art of basket weaving

 

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

As Lovey Bjorge works on a basket, instructor Faye Kohrt uses an ivory awl to help Becky Simpson tighten the weave on her project on April 7. The three-day course was held at the SNO building last week, teaching participants how to weave using cedar bark.

Residents had their hands full last week, working out knots and weaving cedar into baskets as part of an extended class.

Alaska Native Sisterhood Association sponsored the event, which was led by local weaver Faye Kohrt.

Kohrt has been weaving since 1988, when she took a course on the art form with Dolores Churchill from Ketchikan.

"It's not that hard to do," she explained.

Bundled coils of cedar bark are briefly soaked in water to make them more pliant. Following a pattern and exercising a patient attention to detail, the artisan gradually works the material into the desired shape. Additi...



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