Baskets, Cultural Objects

Iowa Griffith Haynes Three Sisters Basket

Maker/Creator: Iowa Alice Griffith Cockram Haynes
Associated Person: Marguerite Irene Tise
Haycock Mountain (Courthouse District)

White ash

  • Length: 6 inches
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Height of weaving: 4 inches
  • Height with handle: 7 inches

This basket features pounded ash splits, a rectangular closed base with narrow filler stakes, crossed lashing on rim, and a notched handle. Iowa Haynes added decorative painting in the form of repeating geometric designs on weavers and stakes of all four sides.

split basket, pounded ash splits
Bio Sketch

Marguerite Irene Tise (1913-2002) was the middle daughter of the Reverend Jacob Marshall Tise and Alice Sheffey Peterman Tise. After retiring from the State Department and a career in foreign service, she returned to Floyd.  Her historical and genealogical research, much of which is preserved in the Virginia Room of the Roanoke Public Libraries, has been of immeasurable help to others seeking county history.

Iowa Alice Griffith Cockram Haynes moved to the Haycocks community of Floyd County when she married Monroe Haynes in 1920. The daughter of Tyler and Artamincea Hall Griffith, Iowa learned to bottom chairs and weave baskets as a member of a family well known for their craft. Griffith chairs were sold locally and shipped by train to other locations.