Nantucket Basket Weaving

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The tradition of basket weaving began aboard the lightships anchored off the shores of Nantucket. These floating lighthouses protected ships as they approached the island from the shallows that surround her. Keepers of the lightships spent much of their time weaving and the result is a tradition that is still practiced today. The Nantucket Basket has become an art form with makers exploring new shapes, functions, materials and decoration. It is a practice that has fueled the island economy and is recognized the world over.





The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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