Tule Rush

This amazingly tall rush is such a joy to weave with!  I love the texture and fragrance of this sedge. Aboriginal people used it for mat-making material that served many purposes, roofs and walls of temporary shelters, door covers, rugs, mattresses and wind breaks, for drying berries, and for cutting and drying meat and fish. Large bags were made to store dried roots, berries and fish.

Over the years I have found that Tule rush is a wonderful material for functional bags, hats and bread baskets.  It’s also serves as a great introductory material for teaching basketry.