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.
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