I was doing a little tidying and reorganising when I stopped for a moment to contemplate a basket I was packing. You know, the oldest known basket fragments have been carbon dated to between ten and twelve thousand years old? More than likely baskets were in use long before that but being organic they deteriorated before we could get our 21st century, carbon dating hands on them.
Baskets were the first containers long before Rubbermaid came along. They came in natural, dyed, patterned, large, small, decorative and utilitarian, square, round and oval. Many things could be turned into the useful basket. Such things as grasses, reeds, strips of bark, willow wands and many other substances I haven't thought of. They were woven loosely to allow air to circulate around the contents or tightly enough to hold water. They were constructed firmly enough to hold a child on a parents back.
The thing that is interesting to me is that the basket remains a useful and decorative item to this present day. There is something about a basket that attracts us. Possibly our 'cave man' genes kicking in telling us this is something we need to have. I think you would be hard pressed to find a home that didn't have some form of at least one basket on premises....an example of human ingenuity that has stood and continues to stand the test of time.