Su Ba wrote:Recently I'm seeing stiffer canvas style bags and some hand baskets being used. In the farmers market recently I saw several shoppers using woven baskets. With baskets, one could lay a small hand towel in the bottom for cleanliness or simply hose the basket with water in order to clean it.
So your basket idea might catch on.
I wouldn't mind setting up a mini-business making those shopping baskets for my local residents. I think I'd include a removable, washable cloth liner of some sort, something easy to put in and take out. Perhaps held in place by an elastic band.
Dale Hodgins wrote:
In Vietnam and other places, basket boats are used for crossing small bodies of water and they are used by people who walk along gathering shellfish or emptying crab traps and other things were a big boat is not needed.
The outer layer was originally an animal skin such as horse or bullock hide (corium), with a thin layer of tar to waterproof it – today replaced by tarred calico, canvas, or fibreglass. The Vietnamese/Asian version of the coracle is made of interwoven bamboo and waterproofed by using resin and coconut oil. Oval in shape and very similar to half a walnut shell, the coracle has a keel-less flat bottom to evenly spread the load across the structure and to reduce the required depth of water – often to only a few inches. This makes it ideal for use on rivers.
Dale Hodgins wrote:I'm not sure what the large basket in the last photo is for.