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Carding basket
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a simple tool but with high usage value. It is a bamboo (mai hok) basket for fluffing cotton. It is shaped like a chicken carrier, with a handle on the top, and one side open. It has three legs. The back has a spiral patterned opening, a bamboo and bark string bow, and a multi strand string with stray ends where it is tied. There is a roughly hewn wooden pick for the bow when fluffing cotton. The small rounded section on the top is for picking. It is quite light.

History of the Object
This tool was used for many years. It was sold because it was old and a new one could be produced easily.

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Type
Other 
Materials
tama bamboo(Mai Hok), cotton, vine (piat), wood. 
Measurements
Width 55.3 cm. Height 89 cm. Length 68.4 cm.  
Creator name
Made by Mr. KhamIn 
Creator date
1941 - 
Where it was made
Ban Nayang Tai, Nambak district, Luang Prabang province. 
Geography
Laos 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1997 
Function
This was used by the Tai Lue women, for processing cotton to cloth. This basket is used to fluff and soften the cotton before rolling them into straw-like shapes to make it easier to spin. There are four pieces together: a big bow, a large horizontal basket, a cotton fluffing bow and a small picker. 
Acquisition
Acquired by TAEC in March 2007, during a field visit to Ban Nayang Tai to research the Tai Lue ethnic group. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre 
Museum
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre 
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