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Apache Trays are some of the most graceful and beautiful Native American Baskets that were made.

Apache Trays c. 1890

The most productive weaving of Apache Trays occurred from around 1880 thru the 1940's.  Many of the greatest Apache baskets were woven during this period. 

Apache Trays c. 1890

Dr. Mark Sublette the owner of Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson and Santa Fe is an expert in Native American Basketry and has made this site www.apachetrays.com so everyone one can learn more about Apache baskets and in particular Apache Trays.  If you have an exceptional basket you would like to add to our site or if you have an Apache Basket you would like to be evaluated for potential sale you can click here to submit your evaluation or visit our website www.medicinemangallery.com

 

 

Apache Trays -Pictorial  Dogs and People c. 1890

Apache trays come in many forms which can range from flat to slightly curved to almost a bowl shape.  The Apache trays which have pictorial elements, dogs, horses, and or people are the most valuable.

Apache Polychrome c. 1890

If the elements are done in a third color which is red, generally a deeper red, made from yucca root the baskets are called polychrome Apache baskets and they bring a premium.

Apache Geometric Trays c. 1890

Almost all old apache baskets main coloration will be a yellow foundation. This yellow color is derived from willow shoots which are originally white but over time the sun oxidizes the willow stitches to a nice mellow yellow coloration.  

Apache Tray c. 1940

 

More modern Apache Baskets (which are still being made) are made out of traditional materials but the willow stitch is a whitish coloration.  The patination of the older baskets is one of the key elements that helps in dating apache baskets

Apache Basket c. 1940

The Apache trays were original made for winnowing grain or in food usage. After the railroads arrived and the Apaches were placed in permanent reservations, the needs of the Apache people changed and these trays were then made for the tourist trade.  Inexpensive metal trays and bowls could now be purchases at trading posts and the Apache's sold their baskets for money or trade.

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