Wicker is to baskets what wood it to trunks, yet no basket looks the same. You may look at the different types of baskets and wonder, is there a difference between willow and wicker? And what makes all the difference between a water hyacinth basket and a seagrass basket?
> Wicker is not a material on its own, but rather a technique for making products by weaving or braiding twigs, plants stalks, or synthetic materials. Here’s a list of the most common wicker types:
Willow is perhaps the most commonly used raw material used to make wicker baskets. Its easy to identify, as it looks like thin twigs. Willow wicker is very strong and durable, so a quality willow basket will last you for years to come.
Seagrass Wicker is thin and flexible, and forms a tight weave. Its highly durable, and creates a rustic beach-cottage feel.
Water Hyacinth wicker is is made by braiding ropes of golden colored hyacinth reeds, and then weaving them together. Its unique thick weave forms a decorative textured appearance.
Woodchip Wicker is woven from thin wood strips, resulting in a pretty, neat texture. Its sometimes painted in other colors, and is usually used in decorative accent baskets.
Maize Wicker is woven from the leaves or stalks of the corn plant. It features a rustic appearance, and is often dyed in different colors.
Banana leaves are large and flexible, which makes it a perfect fit for wicker. Its first braided into a rope and then woven over a wire frame, and adds a tropical feel to wherever you place it.