David weaves his baskets using all-natural date palm fronds grown in Israel on local plantations. Palms are a natural and renewable resource that he gathers in the autumn. He then treats the fronds and keeps them dry and warm for six months before using them to weave into his gorgeous baskets.
This lovely basket with a date stem handle makes a stunning table centerpiece filled with fresh fruit and vegetables. It makes a wonderfully “easy to move out of sight” vessel to manage household clutter in any room of the house. It’s perfect for kids to transport their toys from their bedrooms to the living room and back again! You will love the beauty and the versatility!
This charming basket is a practical and lovely way to bring a touch of the natural beauty of the Holy Land into your home.
- 8 cm/ 3.1 inches x 37 cm / 14.6 inches
- Natural Date Stems
Woven Basket With Handle Made of Date Stems
David Grushko was born in Paris and chose to make aliyah and build his life in the Jewish homeland. He lives and works in the small Jewish settlement of Ofra, north of Jerusalem in Samaria.
David’s creative journey began in an unexpected way, with the study of electronics! In Israel, he connected with Hertzel Auster, one of Israel’s foremost basket weavers. Hertzel taught David the art of basketry techniques, and David developed his unique approach to the art. He brings the spirit of French aesthetics to the ancient Israeli art of basket weaving, creating beautiful, functional pieces and unique wall art.
David believes that art is a tool to connect the spiritual and material worlds and, in the process, is a way of revealing his soul in each one-of-a-kind piece he creates. He uses various weaving materials, many native to the Holy Land. He works with grapevines and date stems to create baskets that will be treasured for years to come.
A signature element of Davids’s work is that each piece is accompanied by a poem that expresses the inner concept of the work and an expression of his soul.