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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wickerwork \Wick"er*work`\, n. A texture of osiers, twigs, or rods; articles made of such a texture. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wickerwork n : work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches) [syn: wicker, caning]

English

Noun

wickerwork
  1. a thing or things made of wicker
Wicker is hard woven fiber formed into a useful object. Wicker is usually used for baskets or furniture. Wicker is made of material of plant origin, but nowadays plastic fibers are also used.
Materials used can be any part of a plant, such as the cores or canes of rattan stalks, or the whole thickness, as with willow switches. Other popular materials include reed and bamboo.
Often a frame is made of stiffer materials, after which more pliant material is used to fill in the frame. Wicker is light yet sturdy, making it suitable for furniture that will be moved often. It is often used for porch and patio furniture.
Wicker furniture has been documented as far back as ancient Egypt href="http://www.bergen.org/AAST/Projects/Egypt/egyptian_social.html">http://www.bergen.org/AAST/Projects/Egypt/egyptian_social.html, and wicker baskets have been found in Pompeii http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4695097.stm. It has been proposed that the extensive use of wicker objects in the Iron Age had an influence on the development of the patterns used in Celtic art. In recent times, its aesthetic was influenced heavily by the Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the 20th century.
The oldest and most prominent North American manufacturer was Heywood-Wakefield in Gardner, Massachusetts. Antique wicker products are highly sought after by collectors.
wickerwork in Aragonese: Bimbre
wickerwork in Catalan: Vímet
wickerwork in German: Flechtwerk
wickerwork in Spanish: Mimbre
wickerwork in French: Osier (matériau)
wickerwork in Hebrew: קליעה (שתי וערב)
wickerwork in Polish: Wiklina
wickerwork in Portuguese: Vime
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