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Basket- Stairstep Design
Coiled cedar-root baskets are decorated through imbrication, a technique unique to the Cascades-Plateau region. This method involves folding colored bark or grass back and forth along the outer surface of the foundation fibers; the decorative strands are bound in tightly while concealing the sewing itself. The name imbrication comes from the method's resemblance to the pattern made by overlapping roof tiles. Most of the imbricated baskets in this case were designed for berry-picking. Their shape prevented berries at the bottom from being crushed or spoiled. A layer of ferns or leaves, held down by a cord looped through the ""ears"" at the top, kept the berries fresh before use.