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For centuries, the Aleut baskets were prized possessions and a valuable trading commodity between native islanders and Russian traders. For trade, the Aleuts wove a vast array of items, including sliding cigarette cases and intricate baskets smaller than a thimble. The baskets are still highly valued and featured in museums and art collections around the world.Today there are only three or four traditional Aleut grass basket weavers left.
Decorative features are often colourful flowers or tiny designs sewn in vertical patterns using Russian Silk, so called because the Aleuts traded with the Russians to procured it from Asia.
Southern Alaskan baskets are often wrapped coil and decorated with bright green or blue beadwork. These are quite unusual and very attractive.