Photo: Carr Imaging
Just like you would care for any fine textile or fiber art, it is important that you take proper care of your Wounaan Hösig Di to make sure it stays in good condition. The beauty of handmade works of art is that they are truly unique, exclusive products—and Hösig Di is certainly no exception.
Stitched over many months and years from natural palm fibers and organic dyes, your handmade baskets should be displayed proudly, away from any windows and skylights. The ultra-violet rays of direct sun and strong light can cause the saturated natural dyes in textile and fiber art to fade, and can even damage the fibers themselves; weakening the overall structure and subsequently diminishing the value of your fine art.
If your Hösig Di resides with you in the desert Southwest or other dry environments, you may feel better occasionally misting it (as often done to wicker or rattan) inside with distilled or non-chlorinated tap water. Using a paper towel, gently pat any excess moisture from the interior.
If you need to slightly reshape your basket, follow these simple steps to keep your basket in the best condition:
- Mist the inside of your basket with distilled or non-chlorinated tap water.
- Gently pat away any excess moisture with a paper towel—leaving the basket damp, but not wet—giving you a chance to reshape any fibers that have already loosened.
- With clean hands, apply gentle pressure to the shoulder opposite the direction of the lean.
- Once the basket is seated erect, place a weighted, glass jar—one with a diameter equal to that of the basket—in the center. (Note: If the basket has a concave bottom, do not use a weight.)
- Let the basket dry overnight.
- Once the basket is dry, remove the glass—making sure that all the moisture and condensation under the jar also evaporates as it dries level.
Remember: Too much moisture can destroy your basket more than a dry environment, so it’s always important to keep your Wounaan Hösig Di in the most favorable of temperatures.