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Basket weaver’s

In around 1900, there were basket-makers in almost all the villages around the Zuiderzee. They made baskets for vegetables, bread, peat or fish. Herring was transported in round, high baskets, flounders in oval, flat ones. This was due to the shape of the fish. 

A basket-maker used twigs or willow shoots, which came from heavy, marshy clay land. Besides baskets, he also produced traps for catching eels. The manufacture of this kind of basket trap is specialized, accurate work. The twigs are peeled thinly and woven in such a way that the eel cannot escape once it is inside the basket. 

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Basket weaver’s