Klamath River Basin Basketry Caps

cap01
Yurok basketry cap
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cap01side
Yurok basketry cap, side detail
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cap01top
Yurok basketry cap, detail of start
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cap05
Basketry cap
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cap05side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap05top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap06
Basketry cap
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cap06side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap06top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap07
Hoopa or Karuk cap
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cap07side
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cap07top
Hoopa or Karuk cap, detail of start
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cap08
Basketry cap
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cap08side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap08top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap09
Basketry cap
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cap09side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap09top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap11
Basketry cap
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cap11side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap10top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap12
Basketry cap
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cap12side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap12top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap13
Basketry cap
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cap13side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap13top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap14
Basketry cap
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cap14side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap14top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap16
Basketry cap
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cap16side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap16top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap17
Basketry cap
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cap17side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap17top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap18
Basketry cap
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cap18side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap18top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap20
Basketry cap
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cap20side
Basketry cap, side detail
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cap20top
Basketry cap, detail of start
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cap22
Klamath or Yurok cap
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cap22side
Klamath or Yurok cap, side detail
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cap22top
Klamath or Yurok cap, detail of start
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Basketry caps from southwest Oregon and northwest California are close-twined rounded hats traditionally worn by women for special occasions and as standard dress. These hats were made primarily by Hoopa, Karuk, Tolowa, Wiyot, Yurok, Shasta, and Klamath peoples. Also called fancy caps, they are known for their geometric design motifs in half-twist overlay, in materials such as beargrass, hazel, and maidenhair fern. Overlay is an embellishment in which an additional material of contrasting color covers the weft element; half-twist overlay is only visible on the outer surface. Hat designs are often segmented into three zones--rim, central design, and base--divided by horizontal banding or a row of wrapped twining above and below the central design.

Shasta caps from northeast California and Oregon (made by Shasta, Pit River, and Klamath peoples) are generally taller with isolated motifs. The basketry caps shown here were made between AD 1890 and 1920, but this tradition continues today among contemporary weavers. Photography by Chris White, text by Elizabeth Kallenbach, and web development by Keith Hamm. Images © UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Production of this gallery was generously supported by The Ford Family Foundation.