Cane basket made in the workshops at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, circa 1980s. Cane work was a substantial industry at the Institute, employing many people who had a visual impairment.

Basket making was the main work for the 'inmates' of the Institute from its beginnings; in 1868 a resident basket maker was employed. In 1874, boys between 14 and 16 were under an apprenticeship scheme - 4 hours school, 4 hours workshop, making baskets, brushes and mats.

Physical Description

Hand-made cane basket, for use probably as a waste-paper basket. The basket has a woven cane base, and 24 cane uprights; cane is woven between the uprights; and the basket is finished off with a thicker cane ridge around the top. There is a gap in the cane on two sides at the top, to provide ease of handling and lifting.

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