Basket making as a trade has attracted individuals around the globe with their various initiative and mode of
constructing their type of basket. Spiral basketry.Ltdis here to see a change to that; having done some quantity survey,
we have being able to draw to some relevant conclusion as to what type of basket to produced.
Spiral basketry.Ltdhas set up various structures to ensure that our aim and objectives are achieved in the nearest future, with
the kind of business model we have adopted. Our marketing strategies are set up in such a way that it will definitely satisfy our
customers both now and in the nearest future.
AIM AND OBJECTIVES
The proposed industry is aim to satisfy the Nigeria populace in the short run and the industry will strive to position itself to the
standard of the international market as time goes on, with the necessary infrastructures in place we will achieved our goals.
This would not be an easy task but we are prepared to ensure the success of Spiral-Basketry.Ltd.
Our design basket will be distinguished from other similar products because of our concern for quality products.
Thus we will have our own label which will be dully registered.
As one of the basic needs of people living in both urban and rural areas in Nigeria, West Africa and the world at large
. Basketry is a competitive enter-prize as such it demands improvisation on daily basis. The industry trend shows that as time
becomes more limited, the public are more demanding of quality product.
We have decided to make the people of Benue State our priority, that is we begin with the people closed to us, as time
goes on we will established several others in different parts of the country.
Location: Our market areas would include among others the city of Benue State, Markudi to be precise as our head-quarters,
so as to enable an easy flow of our designers to the other parts of the state and the country at large.
Population: this will include the general public, anticipating a target population of about (7-14 million)
Pricing: each one of the design basket would be sold at the cost of (N1,000). The above mention price is moderate to keep the
business going and also gain competitive advantage over similar product.
Promotion: our means of promotion include; advertising, discounts or prize reductions. Discount would be used for starting
as an important method in attracting customers.
Basket weaving (also basketry or basket making) is the process of weaving or sewing pliable materials into two or three
dimensional artifacts, such as mats or containers. Craftspeople and artists specialized in making baskets are usually referred to
as basket makers and basket weavers. Basketry is made from a variety of fibrous or pliable materials anything that will bend
and form a shape. Examples include pine straw, willow, oak, wisteria, forsythia, vines, stems, animal hair, hide, grasses, thread
, and fine wooden splints.
Indigenous peoples are particularly renowned for their basket-weaving techniques. These baskets may then be traded for goods
but may also be used for religious ceremonies.
TYPES OF BASKET
- Coiled basketry: using grasses, rushes and pine needles
- Plaiting basketry: using materials that are wide and braidlike: palms, yucca or New Zealand flax
- Twining basketry: using materials from roots and tree bark. Twining actually refers to a weaving technique where two or more flexible weaving elements (“weavers”) cross each other as they weave through the stiffer radial spokes.
- Wicker and Splint basketry: using reed, cane, willow, oak, and ash.
MATERIALS USED IN BASKETRY
Many types of plants can be used to create baskets. Weaving with rattan core (also known as reed) is one of the more
popular techniques being practiced, because it is easily available. It is pliable, and when woven correctly, it is very sturdy. Also,
while traditional materials like oak, hickory, and willow might be hard to come by, reed is plentiful and can be cut into any size
or shape that might be needed for a pattern. This includes flat reed, which is used for most square baskets; oval reed, which is
used for many round baskets; and round reed, which is used to twine; another advantage is that reed can also be dyed easily to
look like oak or hickory. The type of baskets that reed is used for are most often referred to as “wicker” baskets, though another
popular type of weaving known as “twining” is also a technique used in most wicker baskets. Wicker baskets are often used to store grain.
THE MAKING PROCESS
The parts of a basket are the base, the side walls, and the rim. A basket may also have a lid, handle, or embellishments.
Most baskets begin with a base. The base can either be woven with reed or wooden. A wooden base can come in many shapes to
make a wide variety of shapes of baskets. The “static” pieces of the work are laid down first. In a round basket, they are referred
to as “spokes”; in other shapes, they are called “stakes” or “staves”. Then the “weavers” are used to fill in the sides of a basket.
A wide variety of patterns can be made by changing the size, color, or placement of a certain style of weave. To achieve a multi
-colored effect, aboriginal artists first dye the twine and then weave the twines together in complex patterns.
However, in the course of this basket making we shall be focusing our basket making on the natural fiber. The specific material
to be used here is Date Palm Tree-Fronds.
LOCAL BASKET WEAVING
1.Cutting down of palm branches
2.Remove the palm fronds from the branches
3.Peel and divide the branches into required sizes
- Place the sliced branches on the floor in a star format (in pairs of 3 and 1).
- Use the thread-like slice to tie and construct (with the foot placed at the Centre).
- Once done with the formation, bend the sliced branches upwards and start weaving. Note that you must continue weaving where the last twine ends.
- Weaving of the edges when the desired result has been achieved.
- Use your knife to cut the extended edges to get the desired result.
- Allow the basket to get dry (your basket is ready to be use).
The major aim for this research is to install in the student the knowledge and skill of entrepreneurship. So that they wil
l be self-reliant.Spiral-Basketry.Ltd, among several of its goals would not just create employment but it would serve as a
forum to which every individual worker would be able to start their own businesses with the necessary skills being