When visiting Alaska, you will run into a lot of cool artwork and souvenirs available for purchase. Among these items you will find Yupik baskets. At first glance, you may question why you would even want to purchase a basket, but there are numerous reasons why people have continued to make and buy Yupik baskets over the years.
To help you decide if a Yupik basket would be a good investment, you can consider its uses and what makes Yupik baskets in Fairbanks, AK so unique.
What are Yupik baskets?
Yupik baskets are baskets that Yupik Eskimos would weave together from grass. They would use these baskets for various things, including carrying and storing food, materials and more. What is most unique about the baskets is that they come in different sizes, shapes and colors.
Unlike the boring, brown baskets that people are used to seeing today, Yupik baskets sometimes feature designs, such as animals, plants and colorful patterns. The fact that they are made out of grass is actually reason enough for some people to take a basket home from Alaska, because it takes a lot of talent to make this specific type of basket, and it is not something everyone can do.
How can Yupik baskets be used?
Yupik baskets can pretty much be used in two different ways: for decoration and for storage. When using the Yupik baskets as decoration, it is up to you where you want to place them in your home. You can put them on shelves and tables or even on the ground in groups. What people love are how colorful some of them can be and the various sizes in which they are available. They are perfect if your home’s decor has a very earthy, somewhat rustic feel. Like most decor you choose for your home, Yupik baskets will allow you to personalize your home and show people they type of art you are interested in.
If you decide to use the baskets as storage, you can place a variety of items in them. For example, a Yupik basket that a person places in the living room or bedroom can be a good place for magazines or small blankets. Placing a basket in the bathroom gives you an extra space to store towels. Because they have great color and interesting designs, they can also double as decor, which can save you money.
Depending on where you are from, Yupik baskets are not something you find in every store. In fact, they may not be something you see anywhere. They are unique and definitely not found in everyone’s home, which makes them even more special and desirable to those who visit. As your trip to Alaska comes to a close and you are looking for a souvenir that is beautiful, functional and unique, a Yupik basket may be just what you desire.
Do you want the chance to see and purchase Yupik baskets in Fairbanks, AK while on your trip? Visit Arctic Travelers Gift Shop and check out our selection before you head back home!
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