Market Basket with Elaine Imoto

  • 21 Jan 2024
  • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Downtown Art Center, Orange Room, 1041 Nuuanu Ave., Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96817
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Join us for Market Basket with Elaine Imoto

Join us for Market Basket Weaving with Elaine Imoto

Elaine and her Teachers Assistant, Paula Nagao are teaching how to weave a basket strong enough to take to the market! The weaving material is recycled industrial packing straps, pulled from our local refuse. The rescued bale straps are cleaned before they are cut to workable lengths and prepackaged for your weaving fun!

Packing straps are woven criss-cross style. Vertical straps are spaced with a quarter inch gap, while horizontal straps are pressed together tightly for structural stability. The sturdy, finished market basket measures 5" wide x 11" long x 9" tall. The instructor will provide pre-cut stakes, weavers and 2 handles for each student, and the supply fee is waived for the recycled materials.

This is an easy beginner project to get you hooked on making more baskets. Students will receive a second basket kit FREE to make at home. It makes a wonderful gift! Extra kits will be sold at class (if available). Elaine is teaching techniques learned from Professor Gaye Chan's demo during the 12-2021 Artists of Hawaiʻi Now exhibition held at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Weave, Reuse, Recycle!

What to bring:

  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Long nose pliers
  • Sharp scissors that can cut plastic
  • Phillips screwdriver or awl for pushing weavers together
  • Painters masking tape
  • 20 clothes pins 
  • Instructor will provide a Guide

For more information on the bale strap project and video on basket making, check out the Eating in Public website:


9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

12:30 to 1:00 PM = short lunch break (bring your own sandwich) (O’kim's is closed Sunday)

1PM to 3PM = 2 hrs to weave two handles into the basket

Photo: Elaine with happy basket makers from our March, Mini Picnic Basket class.

Instructor Bio

A long time Honolulu Museum of Art (HOMA) volunteer, Elaine Imoto learned to weave baskets with bale straps from Professor Gaye Chan of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Imoto took Chan’s reuse & recycle class in the December 2021 HOMA Artists of Hawaii Now program at which these weaving materials (the bales) were handed out. 

Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui members receive a discounted class fee. If you are interested in becoming a member please click HERE.

This class is open to adults from age 18. Those registering for a Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui class may add one guest based on availability.

We require a minimum of three participants for each class. A full refund will be issued to those registered, if class is cancelled by Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui. Refunds for class registration cancellation by participant will be issued in full only if the cancellation is made more than 14 days before the class begins.

MAP Downtown Art Center Parking in building, Chinatown Gateway Garage, enter on Bethel Street. Weekday rate: $3.00 for two hours, $1.50 for additional 30 minutes. Weekend rate: $.50 for 30 minutes, maximum fee of $3.00.  All Day weekday pass: park your car before 10 am, take your ticket back up to the person in the kiosk and request the $10 all day pass.  All transactions in cash. 

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