These baskets can be used as decorative accents or as stunning storage. Lillie's inspiration and skill insures that each will be unique in design and coloration and she would prefer that you use them so that you'll enjoy their sturdy feel and appreciate the tight coils and careful seaming of their weave. She gathers and dries her own grasses to insure their quality.
Baskets are purchased by museums and art collectors throughout the world, such as the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. Each basket reflects the artist's skill as both designer and technician. A basket's value increases with age and with proper care will last indefinitely. Examples of Lowcountry coil basketry exist that are well over a century old.
Because the grasses used in these baskets are from wetlands and marsh areas, water will not hurt them. With a soft brush or cloth, they can be carefully washed in soapy water and rinsed thoroughly in cold water. They should then be air dried. This is the only care they require.