Light Fantastic Wearable Basketry Parade

The 2013 festival ended with a Parade of lightweight and fantastical costumes around the medieval courtyard of Dartington, led by the pipes of Hum Drazz and accompanying musicians.
Anyone wearing a basketry costume or accessory was invited to join the fun.  Participants in the Parade included members of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers with their basketry Griffin, Superwillow Man from Denmark, The Magnificent Marina from Canada wearing her ‘nassa’, fish trap skirt, students from South Devon College and children from Dartington Primary School who had had the opportunity to work with basketmakers during the months preceding the festival and lots and lots of basketmakers in an amazing variety of splendid and intriguing costumes. And the Otzi Man came too- archaeologist Jacqui Woods, who reconstructed the woven elements of the famous Ice Man’s costume from first hand observation , bought along the woven grass cape and accessories for our very own Otzi-Will to wear in the parade.

A  You Tube video is available here – Basketry and Beyond Festival Parade, and an             image slideshow is available here- The Light Fantastic Wearable Basketry Parade

Please send us more images if you’d like them to be included.

Winning Costumes announced – As an extra incentive to create some fabulous entries, the Musgrove Award of £150 was offered for a winning costume to be sponsored for entry into the Open Category of the New Zealand Wearable Arts Awards in 2014..
Basketry and Beyond could not decide upon a clear winner and have chosen two costumes to go through to the New Zealand Wearable Arts selection process- Sarah Le Breton’s white willow Bird Cage complete with roses and birds and Bridget Coatalen’s  Alice in Wonderland (Drink Me) made from recycled juice cartons.