This tutorial has step by step pictures showing how you can weave traditional plastic wire baskets that were common in India a couple of decades ago. (பிளாஸ்டிக் சரடு கூடை பின்னுவது எப்படி).
If you grew up in India before the advent of plastic carry bags, you might have seen these. These baskets were used to carry groceries, lunch boxes etc.
I have used 2 colors. You can use just 1 or as many as you want.
For this basket model, we will use running wire. You will also need a total of 30 pieces of wire. Cut 15 pieces in blue and 15 pieces in yellow. Each piece will be 2 meters long.
To avoid tangles, unravel the wire bundle and wind the wire around a stick like shown below.
The knot used is the square knot or the box knot. To learn how to do this knot, please check this tutorial.
Now we will make the base of the basket (கூடை அடி போடுவது எப்படி)
Fold the cut wire into half. The knot will be at the midpoint.
Unravel the running wire. Allow 1 meter of the blue running wire free and then start making knots with the cut pieces. Take them one by one and make a knot with the running wire.
In this first knot, the yellow is the cut piece and the blue is the running wire.
Make the next knot by adding another cut piece of wire.
In this way, we will be making a string of knots that will add all the cut wire to the running wire.
I decided that my basket will have a pattern that has squares (Each square will be 5 knots tall and 5 knots wide).
So after 5 yellow wires, I added 5 blue wires.
Continuing to add the cut pieces.
Now the first line of the base is done. Leave 1 meter of running wire and cut it off. This line will be the middle of the base.
We have used up all the cut pieces of wire now.
Now we will be adding more lines to the base / bottom of the basket.
Important: When adding additional lines to the base, make sure you add on both sides and this stays as the middle line.
Leave 1 meter wire in running wire and start the second line like shown below.
4th line is being added.
My base has 10 lines. I made 5 lines with yellow as running wire and I made 5 with blue as running wire.
Reminder – Add these 5 lines with yellow wire on the other side of the middle row.
At this point your base should look like this.
Now we will start adding height to the basket. For this we will be ‘turning the corner’ (மூலை திருப்புவது).
We will start the line in a corner. I am going to use blue as the running wire for the first 5 lines. Leave 2 to 3 inches free and start making knots.
When you reach the corner, simply continue to make knots with the wire.
The basket will begin to curl up.
(Important: If you want, you can start this line right at the corner. I started a little earlier so you can see the difference clearly in the picture when I turn the corner)
The knot in the corner will look like this. You will see 3 knots and a triangular hole.
Go around the rectangle base and complete the first row.
First row completed.
Continue the second row as shown below.
The free wire from first row has to be tucked in.
Tuck it in a zigzag fashion to prevent it from coming out.
Now continue weaving the basket and add more lines. There is another method for ending one row and starting another. It has been shown in the pumpkin shaped basket. It is slightly more complicated but it is a better method. Do check it if you are interested. I am showing a simpler method here for the sake of beginners.
When the basket is about 3 or 4 lines tall, you will be able to see the 4 corners clearly.
After 5 lines, I changed the color of the running wire.
A good tutorial should also tell us where we can go wrong. I am going to make a mistake on purpose and show you how you can fix it. Once we get comfortable, we will be able to weave this basket while watching TV or chatting with family. But we might skip some knots accidentally. You will most probably realize this only when you are doing the next round. Frustrating right?
Close up look for ya :)
No! Don’t panic. Don’t get angry. Simply wrap the vertical wire around the running like this and move on.
Unless you point it out, no one will notice. ;-)
But do try to avoid this by checking your work frequently.
Another common mistake is making the knots too tight or too loose.
Basket or koodai is growing taller.
The basket is 20 lines tall.
Tuck in the excess wires like shown below. To make it easier, cut the wires at an angle so it will be sharp and easily go through the knot.
Note how one side of the basket is stiffer (after the excess is tucked in) and the other side is curled.
Length: 13 inches
Width: 4.5 inches
Height: 9 inches.