Basketmaker-Anasazi sandals

These are sandals constructed from the narrow-leaf yucca.  These designs are based on specimens preserved in caves.  These might not be much to look at but they are remarkably impervious to the many sines, spikes, and other poky things found in the deserts of the west.  These are two and four warp designs and the yucca is only slightly processed.  The leaves should be dried prior to use and then re-wetted just before weaving.  This prevents the normal loosening associated with shrinkage during drying.


These are being diplayed at the Blackwater Draw atlatl and Primitive Technology day 2008.


I intend to continue to research these and will try to compare types through use.

7 thoughts on “Basketmaker-Anasazi sandals

  1. there is an article online Anasazi and their amazing feet. Do you know if these anasazi sandals are able to be made as well today? are the anasazi the only ones making them of that quality? thanks for any feedback

    1. Some of the Anasazi sandals are truly amazing and probably for special use. Most were probably short-lived and of a more practical design. Have you read “Treading in the Past”? It is out of print but you can still find it around.

  2. I am very interting by the left second pair in green.The «weaving» is in a diagonal way.
    I use the same technic with the distaff leaves to do hat but not in diagonal it is perpendiculary…. But I like to invited you to my Maison du Fléché Bélanger in Ste-Marcelline de Kildare, Québec: i can show you my collection of Arrow Sash searchs and dones by my deceased husband Pierre Bélanger. Thank you to answer on my email adress.My Maison du Fléché will open this summer.

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