Philippine basketry exhibition at San Francisco International Airport

SAN FRANCISCO, 2013-07-18 — / — The mountainous northern part of the Philippine island of Luzon is referred to as the Cordillera Central.  For centuries, basketry formed an essential part of all aspects of daily life in this area. Baskets range in form and size, from portable lunch containers to woven jars. Winnowing trays, carrying baskets, and covered containers allowed people to harvest, transport, store, and serve food and crops. Basketry hats and rain capes protected against sun and rain. Traps and sieves helped in catching fish, shellfish, and insects. Assorted basketry bags and pouches contained personal items, such as tobacco. Men carried woven backpacks when they traveled on hunting expeditions.

This exhibition displays a selection of twentieth-century Philippine basketry of the Luzon Cordillera. Once created for everyday use, here they can be appreciated for their exceptional beauty and craftsmanship. Carrying baskets, backpacks, rice containers, hats, and rain capes are some of the many interesting forms on display.

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Philippine Basketry of the Luzon Cordillera from the Fowler Museum at UCLA is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from July 20, 2013 to January 26, 2014. There is no charge to view the exhibition.

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