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Athanasios
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« on: July 12, 2008, 06:50:52 PM »

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In reading of the Desert Fathers, they spent their days doing work, and this work is generally described at making baskets. My question is one looking for information on this work:

What kind of baskets did they make?
What designs did they work with?
What materials did they use?
What tools and techniques did they employ?
etc.
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2008, 07:59:22 PM »

I think they used palm leaves to weave them.  They probably would have needed a knife to cut the palm leaves.  That's all I know, though.

I recall hearing about an Egyptian monk who made a basket with three handles in order to demonstrate something about the Holy Trinity.  I think that was not the usual design though.
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2008, 09:15:18 PM »

Hello,

Interesting. I think it would be very educating to try and learn the old ways of making baskets - though, here in the northern U.S. it could be hard to get a steady supply of palm leaves. I'd have to resort to wicker, reeds, and wood (well, at least reeds should have been available to those around the Nile). Who knows, it could be a profitable side-line (lots of crafts fairs around here, you know).
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2008, 11:20:00 PM »

It actually would be interesting to know if there is some part of Egypt where baskets are still made the way the desert fathers would have made them.  Perhaps in some rural area?  I don't know.  Our Coptic brothers would probably know about this. 
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