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With a rich history of craftsmanship, Cannon County is one of the most important places in the United States where people continue to create traditional split white oak baskets and furniture. The art of basketmaking can be traced to both Native American artisans and European settlers who migrated into the region during the mid- to late 1700s. This ribbed egg basket style can be attributed to European settlers in the southern Appalachian region. The tradition of basket making was often passed from parent to child. The baskets served various purposes in Tennessee’s early settlement history, such as sifting corn or picking cotton. Basket making also allowed Middle Tennessee farm families during the 1920s and 1930s to supplement their incomes by selling their handcrafted goods to travelers.
Tennessee Arts Commission Collection
Maker: Thelma Davis Hibdon and Ida Pearl Davis
Location: Cannon County
Date: Late 1900s
Gallery: Why Do Museum's Collect?
Accession Number: 2001.68.4