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Tyler, Becky


Pinestraw Basketmaker

Becky Tyler was born in 1975 in Pineville, Louisiana, but she is presently a resident of Clifton, Louisiana. She is a young housewife with some college education and her religious affiliation is Pentecostal. Becky and her family are members of the Clifton Choctaw Native American Community in Clifton, Louisiana.

Mrs. Tyler is a pine straw basket maker, which is a craft she learned from her mother when she was about eleven years old. She uses a coil technique where the pine needles are coiled around and sewn together. Her tools consist of needle, raffia, and longleaf pine straw. Each basket is unique and has little designs resembling flowers sewn onto the finished basket. She uses natural dyes and some supplementary materials, such as commercial dyed raffia, to give color to the pine needle baskets.

The artist's most recent public demonstrations were at Basket Day at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and The Cane River National Heritage Area Commission Crafts Program on the riverfront in Natchitoches, and at the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival.