Each week as part of our history studies we learn about a topic and do a craft. This week the topic was slavery in Ancient Rome and the craft was basket weaving.
Slavery was both essential and normal to the ancient Romans. Around one-third of the population were slaves. They did many jobs such as cooking and cleaning, but also performed duties that are surprising. Slaves were prison guards, teachers and even doctors. Some slaves ran businesses for their masters and even owned other slaves. The book Life of a Roman Slave (Way People Live) was filled with details and examples of what slavery was like during the Roman Empire. After reading the book I created a short presentation to tell the kids more about slavery in Rome.
Basket weaving was not unique to the Roman Empire. Almost all ancient cultures wove baskets from natural materials available in their regions. Weaving baskets can be an exciting hobby and is a craft project we have done several times. It was exciting to introduce it to another family.
When my eleven year old was six she had a fascination with woven baskets. While visiting my mother we were fortunate enough to have a private class from a wonderful woman. That day we spent almost eight hours learning basic basket weaving techniques by weaving a reed basket. She said the exact same technique could be used with other materials such as paper, newspaper and ribbon. We found paper baskets a little easier to create.
Here's the technique:
The first row was the most difficult. Once it was in place it was important to tighten the row often.
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