120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were moved to internment camps away from the western coast.
Most of them were American citizens.
What does this have to do with a basketry blog? A few years, my friend Aimee and I saw an exhibit at the Portland Historical Museum, featuring art that was created in the camps. A book by Delphine Hirasuna, The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese Internment Camps 1942-46 highlights many items.
In Ms. Hirasuna's book, I found several baskets made from materials the internees happened to have around. Crepe paper and string from onion sacks were woven into lovely baskets. Then, after a controversial auction came up to sell Japanese American artwork made in the camps, other photos appeared. I would like to share some with you:
|These 4 photos are from Ms. Hirasuna's book.|
|I made a reproduction of one of the baskets in the 3rd photo. I used wire and crepe paper, as the original artist did. I later found out that she is still alive!|