The word "wicker" describes a unique classification of artistic expression, which includes baskets. Wicker is not simply a reference to a particular material, but encompasses a variety of materials, both natural and man-made. The derivation of the Scandinavian word meaning "to bend" does not specifically express the material from which wicker objects are created, but the unique process by which they are made. Weaving, twisting and braiding are all examples of products that fall into the wicker category.
Although wicker can be made from a variety of materials, the sustainable nature and innate characteristics of eco-friendly wicker baskets make them a preferred choice for gift baskets. The appeal of natural wicker is obvious, coming from its unique and varied coloration and shape as well as its ability to enhance the products for which it becomes a display vessel.
Types of Natural Wicker
Perhaps, the most common and well-known plant used for the manufacture of natural wickers is rattan. Rattan is not a single plant species, but includes approximately six-hundred distinct palms, native to the tropical environments of Africa, Asia, Australia and neighboring Pacific islands. These vine-like palms are characterized by mostly solid stems, although there are exceptions, including raffia, whose distinctive fibers are made from the leaves of the palm which bears its name. Several types of wicker come from rattan palms, including:
- Rattan refers to the stout upright stems of the palm and are strong enough for furniture applications.
- Cane is made by cutting the outer skin of the plant into tough strips that can be easily woven, either by hand or machine.
- Kubu is a rattan-cane derivative that is treated with clay to change its color and make it more pliable.
- Reed comes from the center of the rattan stem, and is often stained to change its color.
Bamboo, sea grass and w illow, as well as a multitude of lesser known leaves, grasses and twigs provide exceptional variety and unrivaled raw material availability in almost every region of the globe. Wood and Fabric are also popular sustainable basket-crafting choices. The renewable aspect of crops used to create wicker goods is, by itself a reason to choose them, particularly when natural, organic or craft goods fill the container.
From charming hand-crafted baskets to lesser expensive machine-woven versions, there is no real limit on the color variations and artistic expression conveyed by baskets made from natural materials. Differing colors and textures add artistic expression to baskets, with effective nuance that only nature can provide. The more plain appearance of single-material or -color baskets are effective containers when showcasing luxury or epicurean goods.
Easter Baskets are a traditional use for containers made from natural and sustainable materials. Easter expectations typically demand baskets with handles that can be used year-after-year and compliment the fun and playful character of Easter goodies.
Wicker baskets are also particularly effective when showcasing cosmetic or beauty products, particularly when the offerings inside include natural sponges or shells.
A picnic basket embodies the most functional and reusable of baskets for edible consumables. Everyone loves the visions of childhood memories and future adventures conjured by an old-fashioned picnic basket!
If your business includes the display of bulk products or multiple individual items you can appreciate how baskets can make your job easier, not only in the retail portion of your enterprise, but also in your storage areas.
The most appropriate basket for every purpose awaits your critical evaluation at www.almacltd.com. Contact us to choose from our wide selection of sustainable baskets. Eco-friendly is a buzz word in modern conversation, for good reason! You need not give up affordability, durability, utility or style when you choose gift baskets made from renewable materials.