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Basket-Weaving Class at the Belly-Dancing Center

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 23, 2009

Nuni's baskets

Earlier this week, my Russian office-mate Masha asked me if I would come with her to a basket-weaving course at Arabesque, the center where she studied belly-dancing for several years. It is located on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make baskets, so I jumped at the chance. Our first meeting was last night.

Eight of us showed up. The teacher, Nuni Yavnai, is an Israeli woman who learned how to make baskets in Asheville, NC, at Earth Guild. By the way, if you want to get in touch with her to set up a basket-weaving workshop or whatever, she has given me permission to post her contact details here. Her email is and her cellphone number is 050-9112434. I also found a site (in Hebrew) about a workshop she offered in Pardes Hannah.

Basket-weaving class at the belly-dancing studio

Nuni shows Shira how to weave in the “chasing” technique with two reeds around an even number of spokes.


We soaked 1/2″ flat reeds, pinned them to the table, and began the base with narrow round reeds. This is the half-completed base of my basket.

My basket base

One thing that struck me was how everyone’s baskets seemed to match their clothing! I think this woman’s name is Tamar but I’m not sure. I just liked this photo.

Basket-weaving class at the belly-dancing studio

My basket on the left, Masha’s on the right, just before we learned how to put on the finishing edge.

Baskets in progress

Baskets make interestng hats. Masha took this shot of me wearing the base.

Wearing my basket base

Masha modeling her basket in the car.

Masha and her basket

Here is my finished basket. I’m so proud of it!

My first basket

My first basket


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