Annie’s story last week on Coqui Coqui’s moody and mystical residence in Izamal, Mexico, led me to Julie’s post from nearly a decade ago about Coqui Coqui’s spa hotel in Coba. While checking out Julie’s story, I was drawn to a few images that featured simple, generously sized hanging wall baskets.
I’ve always loved baskets that have an airy and primitive look. That these were made to hang made them doubly interesting to me. They would work great in the kitchen as storage baskets for root vegetables, or in the entryway, corralling outerwear accessories. And they would make perfect magazine holders—which is how the Coqui Coqui hotel in Coba uses them.
I knew I had seen them before somewhere, and after visiting a few of my favorite online stores, I remembered where they had first left an impression on me: at General Store. According to the website, the wall baskets are handmade from fibers and wood and from the jonote tree by artisans from Cuetzalan, Mexico. Two pieces of the wood are bent into oval shapes, then tied together to create a woven clam-like vessel.Also called a huacal (Spanish for “carrying basket”), this uniquely shaped basket was traditionally used as a baby carrier; the strap was worn across the forehead, with the basket hanging against the back. It could also be strapped to a mule. (Go here for some pretty awesome pictures of a huacal being used as it was originally intended.) More on woven baskets just ahead: