Ventura County Handweavers and Spinners Guild

Guild Meeting - Chumash Basketry with Dr. Jan Timbrook, Ph.D.

Where: Education Classroom - Studio Channel Islands

Address:  2222 Ventura Blvd., Room E2, Old Town Camarillo

When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 8:30 AM  to Saturday, January 23, 2016 12:00 PM

Executive Board Meeting: 8:30 - 9:00. General Meeting: 9:30 - 10:30. Morning Program: 11:00 - 12:00. The morning program is free and visitors are welcome.

Morning Program: Chumash Basketry presented by Dr. Jan Timbrook, Ph.D., Curator of Ethnography, Specialist in material culture and ethnobotany, Department of Anthropology, Santa Barbara Natural History Museum.

Santa Barbara History Museum has the largest collection of Chumash Baskets.
As a guild, we have contributed to the ongoing Anthropology Acquisitions Fund.  Jan will bring items to share,  including recent South American woven artifacts. And, Jan has offered to set up a group visit to the Santa Barbara Museum. We will set a date and time at the meeting.

"The Chumash were famous for their basket weaving.  It was a critical part to their community efforts.  Like the Tomol and Anchum, these baskets were simply the highest quality and very valuable.

A normal basket made would have anywhere from 120 to 200 stitches per inch.  And, these were a high quality.  Some of the Chumash expert weavers would spend a great deal of time preparing their basket materials; and, they could have a many as 300+ stitches per inch!!

The baskets were used in all levels of the settlement- gathering food, fishing, storing, preparing, serving, bowls, offerings, containers, banks, baby carriers, treasure chests, gifts, ceremonies, even hats and more.  Their baskets could even hold water."