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Apache Ollas are a specific type of Apache basket.  The term olla refers to the shape which generally is as tall or taller than wide, has a middle or body area, and a shoulder region which usually slopes into an opening or mouth.  Pueblo pottery also refers to the term olla iwhen describing vessels of similar shape. 

The Apache Ollas which have a graceful but distinctive compartmentalization of all three areas are the most interesting and valuable.  A well balanced basket, with not too large of an opening or too long a neck and a symmetrical shape and design are the most sought after by Native American Basketry Collectors.

 

 

  

Originally the Apache Ollas shape was conducive to storing grain which was a olllas original purpose.  As the Apache people became less nomadic and once they were on reservations the usage for storage baskets, ollas, became less important and these Apache Ollas became more of a tourist item. 

The golden era of Native American basket weaving occurred  from 1880 to 1940 for the Apache people. The Apache Ollas are the most valuable of the Apache baskets with the larger well balanced olla pieces bringing on average tens of thousands of dollars.  A great Apache olla will sell for over a hundred thousand dollars.  These are pieces that have great symmetry, size, and feature polychrome and multi figures.  As with all art condition is an issue and those pieces in mint condition will demand a premium.  

 

Apache baskets in generally will have a three rod foundation of willow rods, covered in willow shoot stitches, using a darker Devils claw or Martynia for the design.  The use of a brick red yucca root is a more rare but highly desirable highlight on Apache baskets.

This site is dedicated to the Apache Olla. If you have a great example you would like to share or have a Native American Basket you would potentially like to sell please click here for a free evaluation.  

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