Baskets Beyond Nantucket: Cambridge to Tokyo

As the first foreigner to be formally trained as an authentic Nantucket basket artist, Etsuko will share her dramatic journey full of setbacks, how she turned her dream into a reality with dedication, and her firm commitment to creating the eco-system to preserve, evolve, and pass down the authentic Nantucket basket culture to the next generation. 

Etsuko Yashiro was born in Japan and currently resides in Concord, Massachusetts. In 1994, She began making Nantucket baskets and studied under Alan Reed. She established a basket-making studio called GrayMist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and expanded her studio to the Imperial Hotel in Japan. To help preserve the Nantucket basket-making tradition, she created a school in Japan to teach the craft and has trained approximately 80 instructors in Japan.


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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